Deadline: November 14, 2022
Apply to join the Spotlight Initiative Civil Society Global Reference Group. The Civil Society Global Reference Group (GRG) of the Spotlight Initiative has 20 diverse members, selected by a civil society-led selection committee. As of the moment, there are four (4) available seats in the Global Reference Group that need to be filled.
This is an open call for non-government organization, women’s rights organizations, and especially feminist grassroots organizations working on EVAWG who want to be part of the GRG. They are especially looking for geographic representation from the Central Asian and MENA region, Pacific, European region and those who are a part of the marginalized communities and working on disability rights, LGBTIQ+ rights, and indigenous peoples rights.
Members are expected to offer 1-3 hours a month and attend 2 meetings and one group retreat a year to fulfill the agreed upon responsibilities of the GRG:
- Provide advice on the overall strategic direction of the Spotlight Initiative and on cutting-edge global policy issues on eliminating VAWG and HP with reference to the needs of local, regional and global women’s movements.
- Provide advice and perspectives on current preventing, eliminating and sanctioning VAWG and HP-related issues where the Spotlight Initiative’s advocacy, leadership and support to civil society advocacy, namely to regional and local women’s movements, and cross-cutting all the Spotlight’s pillars, is important.
- Assist and provide advice as full and equal partner in high-level advocacy and communications as well as political dialogue, including by fostering meaningful participation with reference to the needs of local, regional and global women’s movements, and supporting visibility and promotion of the Initiative’s goals at the global level as appropriate.
- Support the embeddedness of the women’s movements perspectives in efforts at dissemination of the messages of the Spotlight Initiative on VAWG and HP to the public, from the global to the community level, especially to marginalized and vulnerable groups, and relevant media.
- Provide recommendations to the Governing Body and Operational Steering Committee on the Spotlight Initiative’s implementation, following an annual report to be developed by the CS-GRG through a common methodology and script in which each of its members acts as a focal point for one or two countries’ national and regional reference groups for the purposes of gathering of information and monitoring.
- CS-GRG will have a close working relationship with the Secretariat of the Spotlight Initiative to ensure its systematic engagement in providing advice and informing programming on addressing VAWG, including for the marginalized and vulnerable groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, which is key to responding to Agenda 2030’s ‘leaving no one behind’ imperative.
Open to non-government organization, women’s rights organizations, and especially feminist grassroots organizations working on EVAWG who want to be part of the GRG.
The selection committee will particularly focus on two main criteria:
- Experience of national or global feminist advocacy on VAWG and/or women rights’ issues including that of policy making.
- Experience working with the women’s rights movement in feminist and/or grassroots organizing and mobilisation on prevention and elimination of all VAWG.
To apply, submit the following materials by November 14, 2022:
- cover letter;
- three professional and community references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to their references).
Email the materials to [email protected] and [email protected] with “Spotlight Global Reference Group Membership Application – [NAME]” in the subject line. Submit PDF or Microsoft Word files only, preferably with all materials in one combined file. Resume reviews begin after the deadline and only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information, visit GRG Call for Members.