Deadline- 30 June 2012
International human rights instruments and agreements to protect women human rights, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), have been adopted, but much work is needed to ensure their implementation at the national and local level. The Conchita Poncini Jimenez Human Rights Fellowship will be awarded for advanced research, an internship or study related to the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women.
Up to 70% of the world’s women will experience violence in their lifetime. Up to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders annual, the vast majority of them women and girls. Three million girls per year are thought to be at risk of genital mutilation. Only one country out of three has reach gender parity at both the primary and secondary school levels. These are but a few of the stark statistics on violations of women’s human rights taking place throughout the world.
- The Conchita Poncini Jimenez Human Rights Fellowship is open to women human rights activists, scholars, journalists, writers, or social scientists with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls and the attainment of their human rights.
- Both IFUW members and non-members may apply.
- Preference will be given to applicants with at least five years of proven activist and/or research experience in the field.
- All applicants must either have a degree from a higher education institution or an equivalent qualification or have substantial relevant work experience at a significant comparable level.
- The award is open to women of all nationalities.
- Proposals must relate to the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women, for example the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) or the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
- The award may be used for any of the following: a major research project at a university or institution of higher learning in any country; an internship or project to be carried out with an appropriate international or national human rights organization; or study for an appropriate academic qualification (e.g. Masters or PhD) for those with substantial experience of national or international human rights activity but no higher degree.
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