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Women’s Human Rights Attorney

Global Rights for Women - Minneapolis, MN
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Job Description

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 advocacy and efforts to stop gender based  violence against women and girls.  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 against women 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 Executive Director and the Director of International Training. The Attorney also works with the Director of International Training and the Director of Systems Advocacy to create, coordinate and carry out system reform initiatives and GRW programming.  Responsibilities include developing and carrying out efforts 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, outreach and organizing.

Responsibilities include: 

Research & Writing

  • Research and analyze best practices in law and policy reform relating to gender based violence against women and girls.
  • Stay current with international, regional and national human rights law and policy on violence against women and girls. This includes local criminal and civil law from GRW’s partner countries.
  • According to global promising practices, develop commentaries and recommendations on laws and amendments that address gender based violence against women and girls.
  • Write or contribute to publications in collaboration with GRW’s Communications team, including its e-newsletter and blog, and local, national, and international publications to enhance GRW’s thought leadership in the United States and abroad.

Assistance to International Partners

In collaboration with program staff:

  • 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, local and international, to assess their needs and priorities, and provide consultation on issues arising in the systems’ response to gender based  violence against women and girls.
  • Take a leadership role in project development and implementation as needed.
  • Incorporate international human rights law, policy and practice into GRW programming, whether local, national, or international.
  • Explore and follow up on funding opportunities for GRW’s work and requests from international partners.
  • Work with the Development Team and Management Team to write grants, contracts and secure funding.


  • Liaise with local, national and international organizations whose missions’ align with GRW’s to strengthen our collective efforts to end gender based violence against women and girls.
  • Stay abreast of efforts to reform law and policy in Minnesota, the U.S. and internationally, prioritizing reforms in jurisdictions, countries, regions where GRW works.
  • Develop systems of outreach to learn from innovative local, national and international leaders on legal and systemic reform on women and girls’ human right to be free from violence
  • Expand GRW’s thought leadership on legal and systems reform on gender based violence and addressing this violence as a human rights violation.

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. Organize research and writing contributions so that they are easily accessible to staff and volunteers.


  • 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 analytical, writing and speaking skills
  • Knowledge and experience in international human rights law
  • Outstanding ability to apply critical thinking and exercise good judgment 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
  • Proficiency or fluency in secondary language skills preferred


Annual Compensation: Salary range depending on experience $55,000-70,000.  Compensation includes benefits and generous PTO.

A remote working arrangement is negotiable.


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

Applications from members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQI, immigrants, veterans and people with disabilities.



To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to smorrissette@grwomen.org

Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

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