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Women’s Human Rights Attorney Job Opening

Global Rights for Women is seeking an experienced, dynamic lawyer for its Women’s Human Rights Attorney position. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional individual with experience in human rights and efforts to stop violence against women.  The Women’s Human Rights Attorney will have the opportunity to be part of a historic international movement to address the pandemic of gender based violence and learn from a uniquely experienced and inspired group of experts who constitute the Global Rights for Women team.

The Women’s Human Rights Attorney (the Attorney) reports to the CEO on executing Global Rights for Women’s programming. The attorney manages outreach to both international and local partners and works with the Director of International Training and the Legal Reform and Research Specialist to create, coordinate and carry out GRW trainings and presentations. Responsibilities include developing and carrying out initiatives to improve community and justice system responses to gender based violence, research and analysis on state, national and international law and enforcement, writing, editing, human rights advocacy and organizing.  

Responsibilities  include:

Assistance to international partners:

  • Respond to the requests of international partners who are striving to improve their justice and community systems response to violence against women and girls.
  • Maintain active communication with GRW partners to assess their needs and priorities, and provide consultation on issues arising in their country’s response to cases of violence against women and girls.
  • Incorporate international human rights law into all GRW programming, whether local, national, or international.  
  • Ensure that GRW programming focuses on the many intersecting forms of oppression that affect women and girls throughout the world when working with organizations on legal reform and systems change.
  • Explore and follow up on funding opportunities for GRW’s work  to respond to partner’s needs. Work with development team to secure funding.

Research and writing:

  • Research and analyze best practices in law and policy reform relating to violence against women and girls.
  • Stay current with international and regional human rights law and U.S. law  on violence against women and girls.
  • Draft commentaries on laws and amendments addressing violence against women and girls.
  • Write or contribute to articles on related topics for GRW’s communications, including its e-newsletter and blog, and for local, national, and international publications to enhance GRW’s thought leadership in the United States and abroad.
  • Research and draft human rights reports on violence against women and girls.  Work with communications team to publicize reports.

Trainings and presentations:

  • Work with the Director of International Training  and program team to plan, conduct and coordinate GRW trainings and presentations.
  • In collaboration with GRW staff,  experts and consultants, support development of training and workshop curriculums and events including post-training/workshop communication, reports and deliverables.
  • Manage logistics of trainings and presentations.
  • Keep accurate records on training and presentations for donors and funders.
  • Develop distinct training and presentation budgets, and manage operation of same.


  • Consult with allied organizations and government agencies on related local, national, or international projects.
  • Develop outreach to expand GRW’s thought leadership on legal and systems reform on violence against women.

Volunteer Program Management:

  • Recruit and coordinate the volunteer program of law students, legal interns, and volunteer attorneys to assist in GRW’s work.
  • Assist in providing appropriate training opportunities to volunteer GRW lawyers and law students.
  • Supervise, review, and revise volunteer program research and writing contributions.

Compensation: $55,000 to 65,000 depending on qualifications and experience.


  • JD with at least three years work experience in women’s human rights advocacy, criminal or civil justice  or legal reform on women’s human right to be free from violence
  • Proven commitment to social justice and/or the practice of law in the public interest
  • Ability and enthusiasm to travel internationally multiple times a year
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Knowledge and experience in international human rights law
  • Experience conducting trainings and/or public speaking
  • Outstanding ability to apply critical thinking and exercise good judgment with clarity in order to plan and execute presentations, trainings, publications and other GRW-sponsored initiatives
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups
  • Ability and enthusiasm to  work both as part of a team and independently
  • Strong interpersonal, management and leadership skills
  • Ability to be innovative, creative and nimble in applying experience and expertise to  diverse social, political and legal systems around the world
  • Experience training law enforcement, justice system personnel and advocates on issues of violence against women is preferred
  • Proficiency or fluency in secondary language skills preferred

Global Rights for Women is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).


Applications are due April 12th, 2019.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.


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