The ABA Rule of Law Initiative and the University of South Pacific are accepting applications for the Pacific Fellows Women’s Rights Program. With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Professional Fellows Program, the program aims to educate participants on legal steps they can take in their home countries to effect positive change to benefit women and their communities, and to empower women to demand their rights. The program will do this by building fellows’ understanding of international legal standards, different practices and techniques of legal advocacy and assistance for women in the U.S., and basic governance principles and practices in U.S. civil society institutions.
After completing the program, participants will be able to:
- develop stronger legal protections
- provide better legal advice
- assist and spearhead innovative responses to violence against women
- strengthen existing networks of legal advocates in the Pacific to advance women’s rights
- foster linkages between the American and Pacific women’s rights communities to leverage the effectiveness and impact of the exchange to strengthen legal responses and frameworks for women in the Pacific
Citizens of Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Timor-Leste and Tonga with a law degree from an accredited university can apply by downloading and filling out the application form. Priority will be given to recent graduates. Applications can be submitted via email to Catherine Scott or Lynda Tabuya. For more information, please contact Catherine Scott or Lynda Tabuya. Applications are due by June 31, 2012.