International Indigenous Women´s Forum (IIWF/FIMI)
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  • , 2021

    This is a remote volunteer opportunity.

    Background

    The International Indigenous Women's Forum, FIMI by its acronym in Spanish, is a global network that articulates organizations at the local, regional and global levels in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas to agree on agendas, build capacities and develop leadership.  FIMI encourages the coherent and substantive inclusion of indigenous women's perspectives in all human rights discussions.  IIWF work plan divides into four strategic programs: 1) Political participation and advocacy, 2) Capacity building, 3) Indigenous Women's Fund AYNI; and 4) Research and emerging issues.
     
    FIMI believes in learning by doing and in the existing cross-fertilization between practice and theory.  Access to more information enables effective participation and, through such participation, capacity building is strengthened.  FIMI reaffirms that empowerment and leadership can be acquired through the implementation of a process that combines participation, capacity building and organizational strengthening.
     
    Accordingly, since 2013, the strategic capacity building program has successfully implemented the Indigenous Women’s Global Leadership School (IWGLS), specifically the International Human Rights and Advocacy Strategies Program, whose objective is to contribute to increasing capacities for the participation and international advocacy of indigenous women from the 6 socio-cultural regions, through a comprehensive and relevant capacity building program, to strengthen the individual and collective human rights of indigenous women and their respective Peoples. The International Program is carried out in three stages:
     
    1. Virtual: The first is the facilitation of online learning through a virtual platform, lasting 3 to 4 months.
    2. Face to face: the second phase consists of attending one-week intensive seminars at United Nations headquarters, as well as at the Columbia University, through its Human Rights Institute.  At his stage, women leaders also participate effectively during the first week of sessions of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
    3. Implementation of advocacy plans: The third phase consists of the implementation of advocacy plans formulated by the participants, which have implications at the local, national and/or regional levels.  
     
    At present, the IWGLS has implemented 7 editions, with the participation of 180 indigenous women leaders from 51 countries from different socio-cultural regions.
     

    General Objective

    To have a professional student, who under the role of a volunteer, will analyze the outcomes and results of Advocacy Plans implemented by indigenous women leaders during the last editions of the Global Leadership School.
     

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    • Prepare its work plan within the framework in agreement with the IWGLS Coordinator.
    • Analyze the outcomes and results of Advocacy Plans implemented by the participants of the IWGLS.
    • Prepare a synthesis of each Plans implemented, highlighting the outcomes of them.
    • Develop infographic results of the general findings.
     
    Methodology of work
    The Student will develop its activities remotely, in coordination and constant communication with the Global Leadership School Coordinator.
     
    Products
    Written an organized and thoughtful report of the main results of each Advocacy Plan implemented by the participants of the FIMI’s capacity-building program.
     
    Remuneration and Term of the contract
    No remuneration will be involved as will be volunteer work during 8 weeks starting agreed between the two parties.
     
    Follow-up
    The work of the student will be carried out under the supervision of the Global Leadership School Coordinator.
     
    Professional profile and skills required
    • General knowledge of the indigenous women's movement.
    • Capacity for synthesis and good writing.
    • Analysis abilities.
    • Sensitivity and recognition of diversity and multiculturism.
    • Social commitment to human rights and to women and indigenous peoples.
    • Language ability: Spanish (reading and writing) and English profiency.
    • Computer skills

    Application Details

    To apply, students should email a cover letter and resume to ishr@columbia.edu with the subject line “SVP application - [Name of Organization].” Please submit your application as soon as possible but no later than March 15, 2021. Please indicate the organization(s) that you are interested in working with, and the relevance of this work to your studies. Applications and interview results will then be sent to the hosting organizations, which may request interviews. Final decisions will be announced by end of May.