Women for Afghan Women (WAW) provides life-saving and life-changing services and advocacy in New York and Afghanistan. Originally founded to serve the Afghan immigrant community in Queens, New York in April 2001, WAW has grown to become the largest human rights non-governmental organization in Afghanistan with over 750 staff, operating 32 facilities, with a presence in 14 provinces. WAW’s clients receive protection, emergency and long-term housing, legal aid, healthcare, education, vocational training, childcare, and other key services that are department needed to empower women and children. In the United States, WAW conducts policy and advocacy engagement efforts, in addition to providing direct services to Afghan and other refugee populations. Since its inception, WAW has served over 31,000 clients and provided women’s rights training to over 330,000 individuals, creating cultural change.
WAW is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and children around the world, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural, and economic. To this end, WAW engages with both government and civil society, including religious and gender justice stakeholders
We advocate for women's rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence in order to influence attitudes and bring about change. WAW’s services are an important stopgap in the fight to eradicate violence against women, and WAW’s advocacy is about sustained progress toward gender justice and the creation of a stable, secure environment in which women can live empowered lives and be their authentic selves.
The Coalition/Outreach Coordinator will lead Coalition X and spearhead collaborative efforts to counter Islamophobia, racism, and sexism in New York City through coalition building and Know Your Rights workshops for the Afghan, South Asian, and Muslim communities in NYC. The Coalition Coordinator will serve in a full-time position, and will report to WAW’s New York Program Director, and work closely with WAW’s NYCC staff and Advocacy and Communications Managers.
1. Coalition X
1.1. Continue the Coalition X based on existing letters of agreement, and work plan;
1.2. Coordinate a working retreat for coalition members to establish Community Coalition Advocacy and Protection Committees;
1.3. Create viable and coordinated action plans, budgets, and capacities for resource-development for the following components:
1.3.1.A Coalition Legal Aid Committee to coordinate with local ACLU and National Lawyers Guild chapters, as well as other pro bono legal services to facilitate and expedite naturalization applications and defend community members from threats of deportation;
1.3.2.A Know Your Rights and Self-Defense Committee that will produce resources (in relevant languages) and conduct rotation training throughout the five boroughs for members of immigrant communities at risk;
1.3.3.A Coalition Data Collection Unit outfitted with the software and shared information technology network and infrastructure to compile a database that documents and updates statuses of bias-based incidents, hate crimes, and other statistics relevant to advocating for equal protection under the law for immigrant communities and persons at risk due to their immigration status, and ethnicity, sex, religion, race, creed, or color. Resource sharing among the coalition partners through the database.
1.3.4.A Mental Health Services Committee to create and establish a mental health campaign that is culturally competent for all communities included in the coalition. Mental health awareness and services including trainings for staff, and access to social workers.
1.4. Collaborate with WAW’s Communications and Advocacy Managers to help lead the messaging and media advocacy work on the work of Coalition X;
1.5. Establish and manage a hotline for members of the coalition’s communities;
1.6. Coordinate with places of worship to collaborate on education and advocacy programs;
1.7. Set up a network of safe houses and sanctuaries for people at risk, particularly families threatened by deportation orders, and partners in critical community areas;
1.8. Create rapid response action plan to assist community members during times of increased Islamophobia
1.9. Establish and coordinate an emergency fund for people at risk, families at risk and for workers especially as a result of layoffs, walkouts, or strikes;
1.10. Communicate regularly with Community Liaisons at the New York Police Department precincts in Queens and all five boroughs;
1.11. Network and conduct advocacy with other coalitions and community-based organizations to counter legislation and public policies that adversely affect the rights of all citizens, non-citizens, families, and communities; and
1.12. Organize with others for civil actions against steps by the Administration to pursue such policies as: (1) deport over 11 million undocumented immigrants; (2) ban Muslims from entering the United States; (3) surveil American Muslims and their houses of worship; (4) restrict reproductive freedoms of women; (5) defund public programming (Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, etc.); and (6) revise libel laws
2. Know Your Rights Community Program
2.1. Conduct a survey with participants to gather information on their concerns, what they need, and where services should be provided
2.2. Conduct community information sessions covering topics such as laws on protected classes, anti-discrimination laws, immigrant rights, and available immigration services
2.3. Provide participants with materials and resources on immigrant services, including services offered by WAW’s NYCC and partner organizations in coordination with the Education Coordinator
2.4. Engage with the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York, NYC agencies, and partner community organizations to determine locations to conduct workshops for Afghan, South Asian, and Muslim immigrant and refugee communities
2.5. Conduct outreach in the five boroughs of NYC to identify communities/populations in need of immigration assistance and/or services and potential partners for this project
2.6. Refer participants to partner organizations and agencies and monitor services received
2.7. Provide regular evaluation of community needs to inform WAW programming/services
3.1. Conduct outreach in the five boroughs of NYC to identify communities/populations in need of services Provided by WAW
3.2. Conduct outreach to local mosques, businesses to inform the community on the services and classes provided by WAW
4. Organizational responsibilities
4.1. Contribute to staff and partner meetings, and funder site visits;
4.2. Provide Program Director with monthly updates, or upon request, of all program activities;
4.3. Incorporate WAW’s mission and values into all community outreach initiatives and events in which serving as a WAW representative; and
4.4. Attend conferences, workshops, presentations, and other events as required and/or approved by the Program Director and/or Executive Director.
1. At least two years of work experience in none-profits, grassroots organizing, or coalition building
2. Bachelor’s degree in Social Science or related fields
3. Willingness to learn and to be a team player
4. Demonstrated ability to proactively lead a coalition of diverse ethnic and linguistic groups
5. Fluent in Dari, Pashtu or Urdu (preferred but not required)
6. Demonstrated commitment to women’s advocacy and international human rights., low-income people of color, and underserved communities
Interested candidates: Please email your application (cover letter, resume, and a 1-page writing sample). The deadline to submit your application is December 28, 2018
Please type Coalition-Outreach Coordinator – [your last name] in the subject line.
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