Monthly Archives: February 2013

Rising Voices Microgrants Call for Proposals 2013

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Do you have an idea for a project that would help your local community use citizen media to tell their own story? Do you need funding and support in making that idea become a reality?

Since 2007, Rising Voices has sought to support individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and organizations committed to helping their local communities participate more fully in the digital online space. By providing funding and mentoring to small-scale projects around the world, Rising Voices has supported 35 citizen media outreach projects located in all corners of the globe. These projects have helped local leaders bring new and underrepresented voices into the global digital conversation in order to tell their own stories or bring to light issues important to their own communities.

Once again, we will provide up to five microgrants in the amount of $USD 2,500-4,000 to successful applicants that have demonstrated a strong and clear idea how to best provide training and ongoing support to their local community members. Selected grantee projects will join the Rising Voices community of projects and be featured prominently across the Global Voices network. Click for more guidelines: http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org/blog/2013/02/06/announcing-the-new-2013-rising-voices-microgrant-competition/

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LEAP Africa Youth in Social Enterprise Conference Application closing soon.

LEAP Africa Youth in Social Enterprise Conference  Application closing soon.

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February 28, 2013 · 7:30 am

Presented by Thistle Praxis

Presented by Thistle Praxis

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February 13, 2013 · 2:24 pm

Job opportunity: AWID Manager for Women Human Rights Defenders Program

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The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist organization working to be a driving force within the global community of feminist and women’s rights activists, organizations and movements, strengthening our collective voice, influencing and transforming structures of power and decision-making and advancing human rights, gender justice and environmental sustainability worldwide

Overview of the WHRD Program:
The Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) program aims to strengthen the voice and impact of international, regional and national women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements to respond, resist, denounce and challenge violence against women’s human rights defenders.

Responsibilities:
The Women’s Human Rights Defenders Manager is a full-time position responsible for providing leadership for strategic visioning, planning, implementation and evaluation of AWID’s WHRD program The WHRD Manager reports to the Director of Programs and is responsible for:

  • Providing strategic leadership and management of the development and implementation of WHRD strategies and work plans;
  • Managing the WHRD staff and contractors, providing direction, managing performance and overseeing work planning to ensure appropriate alignment with AWID’s strategic goals;
  • Developing, managing and adhering to the budget and other WHRD resources, ensuring adherence to financial controls, and financial and organizational policies and procedures;
  • Making substantive contributions to all the products and activities of the initiative including research and advocacy.
  • Seeking opportunities for collaboration and joint work with other AWID programs
  • Contributing to AWID’s relevant organizational processes and initiatives. For more: http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs

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‘Fellowshps: 2013 PILNET Fellowship for Public Interest Lawyers’

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PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applications for the PILnet Fellowship for 2013-2014. PILnet will select lawyers from Brazil, China, the Middle East and North Africa region (especially Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia), Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, and Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam) for eight months of study and practical experience in New York City. The program, now in its sixteenth year, targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy. 

During their eight months in the U.S., PILnet Fellows will develop a project designed to further the rule of law in their home countries. The Fellowship begins with a semester of study at Columbia University School of Law and a series of professional development trainings. In the spring, the PILnet Fellows will participate in study visits to various cities in the U.S. and Europe, as well as two-month internships at New York-based public interest law organizations. At the end of the program, the Fellows will return to their home countries ready to implement the rule of law projects they developed during their Fellowships.

PILnet will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S., housing in New York City, a monthly stipend, and emergency medical insurance. Selected candidates for the Fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the program, stating that they will complete it in full. For more: http://www.pilnet.org/public-interest-law-programs/public-interest-lawyering/international-fellows/how-to-apply.html

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Undergraduate Leadership Program: Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East

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Overview:
The Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East, sponsored by the Ibrahim Family Foundation (IFF) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), provides an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain first-hand experience with dialogue efforts in the Middle East. 

Following an orientation session in Washington, DC, students engage in a two-week study-tour in three Middle Eastern countries where they meet with leaders and organizations representing a range of viewpoints.  Students meet with every type of person – both those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting tolerance and mutual understanding as well as those who represent more thought-provoking viewpoints, which help students understand the nuances of the region.

In addition to IIE program staff, students are accompanied by distinguished academics who act as Faculty Advisors. These Advisors provide formal lectures on issues relating to the region, as well as informal commentary throughout the study-tour which allows students to further explore their intellectual curiosity.

A unique aspect of this program is the emphasis on the post-program Impact Plan.  Students are expected to incorporate this experience into their academic and surrounding communities by engaging their peers in activities, projects, and events, which support the foundation of a more peaceful and prosperous shared future. 

Objectives:
The objectives of the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East are to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. university students with strong leadership potential to gain first-hand experience in the Middle East
  2. Facilitate engagement with organizations and leaders in the Middle East working to overcome religious, cultural, ethnic, and political prejudice and hostility in the region
  3. Inspire respectful dialogue as a tool for building mutual understanding between people of different faiths and backgrounds
  4. Foster a deeper understanding of the countries and cultures of the Middle East through dialogue and personal interaction.

Click here for more information.

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Event: Youth Leadership and Advocacy for Peacebuilding, 25-29 April 2013, Sri Lanka

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Over the past decades, it has become clear that young people are increasingly playing a major role in political affairs, particularly in societies in transition. In armed conflicts, youth are not only the major victims but are often the major protagonists of violence. In other situations, youth are organizing not only to respond to events but to play a major role within them. Youth associations and NGOs often work to influence policy makers to address the issues that are affecting their generation. In each country, this is a manifestation of a global movement of young people to take on more significant leadership roles in their communities and nation. In this highly interactive course, we will explore the role of young people in decision making processes. We will examine the diverse roles that young people play in advancing societies, shaping culture, and influencing policy. The course is designed primarily for young leaders (up to 29 years old), supporting them to carve out roles within their communities and building their skills to be effective advocates and leaders in their own communities.

The overall goal of this course is for youth participants to develop the necessary knowledge, theoretical frameworks, skills, and tools to establish themselves as effective leaders of their generation. For more: http://networkforyouthintransition.org/events/youth-leadership-and-advocacy-training

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