Subject: GADN August Newsletter

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The GADN Team

Photo credit: ActionAid. Kongelai Women's Network, a support group for women and girls which campaigns for FGM awareness in Kenya, holds a meeting.
The International Rescue Committee is recruiting for three positions within the Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Programme division, located in Greece, Cameroon, and DR Congo:
  • Greece: A Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator is sought to be responsible for providing overall leadership, guidance, coordination and technical support to the IRC's Women's Protection and Empowerment programs throughout Greece. The position is based in Athens with regular (50% of time) travelling throughout Greece to monitor program activities, mentor program staff and undertake assessments on programme performance.
  • Cameroon: the Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator will provide regular technical support, overall program guidance and monitoring visits to WPE team activities. This position will require a significant amount of time in field locations, working with, training and monitoring field teams. This position is responsible for programmatic resource development, advocacy related to IRC's WPE emergency response, and overall strategic direction of the WPE program, including later transition from emergency to longer-term programming.
  • DRC: A vacancy is available at the IRC for a Women's Protection and Empowerment Program Director in the DR Congo. The IRC is looking for a qualified candidate to provide leadership and direction into program implementation of the WPE Program that seeks to increase the social, political and economic empowerment of women and girls, and prevent and respond to violence against and girls.
Orchid Project is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to take responsibility for delivering the organisation's strategic plan. The post will line manage the organisation's small team of dedicated professionals and take on a high degree of responsibility including reporting at board level. The role is responsible for Orchid Project's finance, fundraising and HR functions, with an emphasis on the management and delivery of the day to day running of our charity.

Womankind Worldwide has vacancies for the following two positions:
  • A National Programme Development Manager is needed to work as part of the Policy, Programmes & Learning team. This person will play a core role in the organisation's strategy to work with leaders in the women’s movement to analyse how their movements could be strengthened and their work supported, addressing their priorities and objectives. This position will also contribute to the overall work of the Policy, Programmes & Learning team, manage two Policy and Programmes Officers, and work closely with team members throughout the rest of the organisation. Application deadline is 12 PM on 30th August.
  • A Major Grants Manager (Maternity Cover) is sought to be responsible for assisting in meeting Womankind's targets and aspirations for securing grants from statutory and institutional sources and large Trusts and Foundations. The Major Grants Manager will produce, maintain, manage, and communicate a business development pipeline. Application deadline is 12 PM on 30th August.
World Vision International has a vacancy for a Senior Advisor, Gender & Inclusion based in Washington D.C. to provide strategic leadership for gender equality (with a special focus on children with disabilities) across their strategy, programming, policy, and grant acquisition domains of their organisational work. In line with the WV Partnership Strategy, it will have a special emphasis on effective responses to the vulnerability of girls and boys in fragile contexts. Application deadline is 28th August. 

Women for Women International has an opportunity for a consultant to help build capacity of their country staff in Nigeria and Eastern DRC to map and monitor the violence against women (VAW) context in the communities where they work from Oct. 2016 to Dec. 2017. Click here to find out more information regarding this opportunity. Deadline is 14th September.
Upcoming Events and Training

Documentary Screening: Girl Rising
Bristol - Arnolfini, 3rd September 2016, 19:00 - 22:00

African Initiatives (AI) is hosting an exclusive Bristol screening of Girl Rising, the ground-breaking documentary at the heart of the campaign for girls' education and empowerment. Tickets cost £8 and any profits will go to African Initiatives' women's rights and girls' education projects. Book your tickets for this event here.

Course: HIV & Gender - Context, Programming, and Response

Kimmage DSC is offering an eight week tutor supported distance education course on HIV & Gender: Context, Programming & Response. This course is scheduled to start on 8th October and costs €600. This Course examines the gender dimensions of HIV transmission, prevention, testing, stigma and treatment and also includes case studies and practice models to provide insight into programmatic responses to HIV.
Save The Date: ActionAid Conservative party conference event: 'Women, Work and the Economy'
Birmingham - Hyatt Regency, 3rd October 2016 - 19:30 - 21:00

ActionAidUK, the Conservative Women's Organisation and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) are co-hosting an evening reception at this year's Conservative Party Conference. This current focus on the need for women’s economic empowerment provides a welcome opportunity to address some of the key challenges women face today. 

ActionAid will launch new research and present finding to highlight the cost of underemployment and unemployment, as well as the need to recognise unpaid care and the burden that falls on women, especially the poorest.

The meeting will be chaired by CWO, National Chairman, Julie Iles

Speakers: Cabinet Minister (invited) Jacqueline Gold CBE, CEO Ann Summers/Founder WOW: Championing Working Women Korto Williams, Global Women’s Rights Policy Manager, ActionAid, Sharron Gunn, Executive Director, Members, Commercial and Shared Services, ICAEW

RSVPs by Friday 30th September 2016 to

Panel Discussion: Women as Agents of Change
London Piccadilly - St. James's Church, 4th October 2016, 18:30

JustShare brings together a panel on Women as Agents of Change. This panel includes experts within their respective fields to talk about and discuss the role of women in creating a fairer world for everyone. From women within the church, to women in developing countries and war-torn states, how are we faring as a society to engender a positive change? In what ways are women themselves in the forefront of the fight for equality? And how does a gender-equal society benefit everyone?

Festival: The London Festival of Choice
London - Amnesty International UK, 2nd October 2016, 10:30 - 18:00

The London Festival of Choice will be happening again this year on 2nd October. Join this event to support the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.The festival aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of those in countries around the world who do not have access to safe and legal abortion.

Event: Listen to the Women 
Upper Hall - Emmanuel Centre, London, 13th September, 18:30 - 20:00

Join Women for Refugee Women and CARE International UK on 13th September at their event Listen to the Women, to hear the stories of women who are crossing borders for safety, and explore what you can do to help in these situations. Tickets cost £5, with a suggested donation price of £10.

Call for Papers 
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for illustrative case studies highlighting innovative and successful policies and programmes in the area of sexual and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. Click here to find out more details about this call. 

Deadline extension until 16th September.

Reproductive Health Matters is calling for papers for their forthcoming issue on disability and sexual and reproductive health & rights.

The forthcoming issue of RHM journal welcomes original research, personal experiences and critical analyses that address the current solution and future potential in SRHR of people with disabilities. The issue will be co-edited with guest editors Janet Price and Renu Addlakha, and will be produced in partnership with CREA. 

Click here for more information. RHM is accepting applications from 1st October until 30th November.
Publications and Resources
Oxfam's Policy & Practice has launched a blogging series on women's economic empowerment - Her Series.

With contributors from across the confederation, other INGOs, women's organisations and academia, Oxfam has published opinion pieces on a variety of related topics, such as women's collective action and participation, unpaid care work, decent work, links between economic empowerment and sexual and reproductive health, and violence against women. 

The series coincides with the work the UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, in which OI's Winnie Byanyima is a member of.

You can find out more about the series here.

Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) has published a briefing paper highlighting the inequality and violence women currently face in Swaziland. The organisation has been working with local partners in Swaziland since 2012 on the ‘Improving Women’s Rights’ project (funded by the Big Lottery Fund UK), and despite the project's achievements, there is still a long way to go.
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