Founded in 1992, Equality Now fights for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world through legal advocacy. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes national and international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. The organization’s work is focused on four main program areas: Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Harmful Practices, and End Sex Trafficking.
With 48 staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Georgia, and the Netherlands, Equality Now is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, a 6-member UK Trustees group, and a 6-member Africa Board. The organization had an ambitious 2017-2021 strategic plan which resulted in enhanced presence and work in MENA, Eurasia, and LAC regions. The organization will be embarking on creating its next strategic plan (2022-2026) in 2021. Current priorities include expanding programs in MENA, the Americas, and Eurasia as well as organizational capacity building. The 2021 budget is $8.9 million.
Reporting to the Director of Programmes and matrixed to the Director of Communications, the Regional Representative will straddle the Programme and Communications teams to set an ambitious, creative, and high profile advocacy agenda for Equality Now in North America. As the campaign strategist in the region, they will identify and take opportunities to raise awareness and advocate for legal change in our four thematic areas - Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Sex Trafficking, End Harmful Practices - with the aim of inspiring and influencing decision makers, civil society, activists, the media, and Equality Now supporters to take action. The Regional Representative will work closely with the Global Leads for Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Sex Trafficking, and End Harmful Practices.
As a leading media contributor in the women’s rights space, Equality Now uses our platform to amplify issues affecting women and girls across the globe and attract national and international attention to otherwise unknown situations. As part of the U.S. Campaign Team, the Regional Representative will identify emerging trends in the U.S. that are relevant to Equality Now’s mission, networking with other actors in the space, and designing high profile campaigns that push relevant issues into the U.S. consciousness. She/he will represent Equality Now in strategic meetings and act as network builder, commentator and media spokesperson.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You will have the head of lawyer and the heart of an activist, and be a forward thinking, passionate, agenda setting campaigner, who is as comfortable with providing a gendered analysis of key issues as they are on camera talking about it. Other desired qualifications and competencies include:
The ideal candidate will have proximity to New York or Washington, D.C.
To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample with “Regional Representative” in the subject line. No calls please. The deadline to apply is 12 February 2021. Due to the volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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