Call for Expressions of Interest – YWCA A/NZ Advocacy Programme

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Understanding that as an historic organisation YWCA that has been serving women in Aotearoa for more than 100 years, is a key organisation for empowering young women in our country;

And; that the YWCA A/NZ attracts a high calibre of women of all ages who share a common goal to empower other young women in their communities;

And; that part of the YWCA’s ability to empower young women is to effect positive change for them through advocacy.

The YWCA A/NZ Board believes it is important that we begin to foster young women activists, to bring them to the international platform early so that they can continue to influence change for their generation and the next.

At the same time, it is also important that the young women that represent our organisation have an understanding and appreciation for the advocacy process and receive training.

In consideration of the cost to attend an international forum such as UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Board believes that it is also important that the young women who attend do more than observe, but actively engage themselves with the process.

Considering that there has been a shortage of young women from Aotearoa represented at CSW, the Board believes that it would be of value to have our representatives present research that pertains to issues facing young women in Aotearoa and fitting within the CSW priority theme in order to make sure the issues facing our women are heard.

Consequent to the above, the Board of YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand would like to:

  1. provide young women within the YWCA A/NZ network the opportunity to develop their advocacy skills, harness those skills and exercise them within an international context for the promotion and advancement of gender equality for all our women within Aotearoa and the wider Pacific.
  2. provide the opportunity for participants from YWCA A/NZ to engage and build meaningful relationships with World YWCA and other YWCA’s from across the world.

If you would like to be involved with the YWCA ANZ Advocacy programme we would like to hear from you. Your expression of interest needs to include:

  • a current CV including two referees;
  • a basic fundraising plan (no more than one page) and;
  • a precis (no more than two pages) of a piece of research you would like to present at CSW61.  This piece of research would need to fit the priority theme, however, if you feel that the review theme or emerging issue warrants a presentation via a side or parallel event at CSW61, please do communicate that to us so that we can consider this option.

Please forward your expression of interest to advocacy@ywca.org.nz before 2 November 2016.

Successful applicants who will attend CSW will need to be able to actively fundraise for most of your travel/accommodation costs. YWCA A/NZ will make a small contribution towards your costs and travel insurance. They will also need a current passport and entry visa to the U.S. (costs to be covered by participant).

For more information, please contact YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand to discuss. 

The priority theme for CSW61 is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The review theme is Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the 58th session); and the emerging issue/focus area is the empowerment of indigenous women.

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