EOI’s Sought: Senior Chair and Youth Chair Roles, ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee
ALHR is seeking expressions of interest for opportunities to join the leadership team of our National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee.
There are still many areas in Australian society in which women and girls experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such this area is a critical focus of ALHR’s work.
Over the past five years ALHR’s Women and Girls’ Rights Committee (WGR Committee) has drafted numerous submissions to national and international bodies, issued press releases and given media interviews, written letters to ministers and other parliamentarians, and hosted successful and informative events advancing human rights of women and girls.
The new Senior Co-Chair will join our incumbent Senior Co-Chair and lead ALHR’s work in the women and girls’ rights space at a national and international level.
The successful applicant will be a lawyer who is passionate about women and girls’ rights and has significant knowledge, experience and expertise in the area. In addition, the successful applicant will share a commitment to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of everyone’s human rights.
The purposes of this role are to working collaboratively with members of the Women and Girls’ rights subcommittee, other ALHR subcommittees and ALHR’s governing committees in order to facilitate research, coordinate submissions and comprehensive advocacy on women and girls’ rights that is consistent with international human rights law principles, and to present them to key legal, political and media figures in order to keep the thematic area at the forefront of public discussion.
ALHR Co-Chairs are supported, guided by and accountable to ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.
The ALHR Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee has attracted a strong membership base, comprising lawyers, academics and law students, in Australia and beyond, with a keen interest in women and girls’ rights issues.
Please see the ALHR Co-Chair Position Description for further information.
Given ALHR’s commitment to providing young lawyers with a voice and mentorship in the practise of human rights law in Australia, we have created two youth-chair positions within the WGR Subcommittee.
The Youth-Chairs will support the work of the Co-chairs in leading ALHR’s work in the women and girls’ rights space at a local, national and international level. The successful applicants will be young lawyers or law students advanced in their studies who are passionate about women and girls’ rights and will ideally have some knowledge, experience or expertise in the area. They will also be committed to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of all human rights.
With the support and supervision of the WGR Subcommittee Senior Co-Chairs and the ALHR National Committee, the Youth Co-Chairs will also work to lead women and girls’ rights advocacy initiatives that are especially relevant to children and young people, including via meeting with stakeholder groups, politicians, engaging in campaign work, contributing to social media communications and acting as a media spokesperson.
Applicants will also have:
- An ability to network with key legal, political and public figures in order to engage the general public on the business and human rights
- The capacity to engage in campaign work, contribute to social media communications and act as a media spokesperson when required.
- Legal research and drafting skills
- A commitment to ALHR’s aims and objectives.
ALHR Youth Co-Chairs are supported, guided by and accountable to their Committee Co-Chairs, ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.
Please see the ALHR Youth-Chair WGR Committee Position Description for further information.
ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national association of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged National, State and Territory committees and specialist thematic committees. Through advocacy, media engagement, education, networking, research and training, ALHR promotes, practices and protects universally accepted standards of human rights throughout Australia and overseas.
ALHR utilises thematic subcommittees to increase the impact of our advocacy and has adopted a co-chair management structure within them. A focus on thematic human rights areas has engaged our members allowing them to concentrate on particular human rights issues and enabling ALHR to deliver a key promise to our paid membership by offering them a voice on human rights and law reform in Australia. This thematic focus also serves to increase the impact of our strategic advocacy and enables ALHR to efficiently target areas of critical focus for Australian human rights practice.
How to Apply
If you would like to formally nominate for either of these roles, please send an expression of interest and copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the role.
Please note that successful applicants will need to maintain a current annual ALHR membership