Gender Equality in the Workplace

March 11, 2015 by

A New Set of Videos to Animate Instances of Discrimination

Women in Georgia regularly experience acts in the workplace that would be considered discrimination in the United States. Yet few people recognize these acts as discriminatory, and many women do not realize the extent of their legal rights.

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The extent of the problem of gender-based discrimination in Georgia became clearer to me than ever while filming this project. It was very was difficult to find women who were willing to speak on camera about their experiences of discrimination in the workplace. Women fear retribution for speaking out and are eager to keep their jobs in a city where over 29% of the population is unemployed. Those who told their stories described feelings of confusion, frustration, and outrage in the face of unfair treatment. Many women implied that simply labeling unfair treatment as a violation of legal rights provided a sense of empowerment. As one interview subject said, “Now I am angry at myself for not giving a proper answer! I would say that you do not have the right to ask this question. This is simply discrimination!”

N-Map produced four videos for our partner organization, Article 42 of the Constitution, to educate women about their right to equality in the workplace and mobilize women to report rights violations. The videos support a larger campaign to document instances of gender discrimination through the website tanastsoroba.ge, with the goal of breaking a culture of silence that compounds the problem of gender-based discrimination by encouraging women to both recognize violations of their rights, and share those stories with others who might identify with their experiences. This is the first set of videos that N-Map will produce for Article 42 of the Constitution’s media advocacy campaign on this issue—stay tuned for more!

Agua al Pie de los Volcanes

February 11, 2015 by

Amecameca: Agua para la Gente

El viernes pasado, Dr. Oscar Monroy Hermosillo, Presidente de la Comisión de Cuenca de los Rios Amecameca y La Compañía, presentó una película nueva de N-Map: Agua al Pie de los Volcanes. La pieza – producida en colaboración con Controla Tu Gobierno y la Comisión – fue proyectada en dos eventos diferentes, la primera en el Foro de Agua en la municipalidad de Tlahuac con académicos y miembros de la sociedad civil, y la segunda con representantes de la Comisión Nacional de Agua, el Estado de México, y autoridades locales de agua del DF.

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El Problema: Sostenibilidad y Unidad 

Los ríos de la cuenca Amecameca y La Compañía se extienden sobre una región que cubre 11 municipalidades del Estado de México y partes de la Ciudad de México. La cuenca es una fuente significante de agua para usos urbanos y agrícolas. Aproximadamente 40% del agua de la Ciudad de México viene de esta cuenca; pero, el uso excesivo y el mal manejo causa efectos drásticos para el medio ambiente y sus habitantes: de desertificación y contaminación a hundimientos y escaseces de agua.

Yolotzin Olivares, una regidora del ayuntamiento de Chalco, recuerda el impacto del acuífero agotado en su pueblo: “Antes olía a menta, pero ya no huelo a la menta.” La Comision, colectivamente una fuerza poderosa de incidencia, consiste de mas de 25 grupos de apoyo por todo el estado – cada uno con un interés especifico. La clave es unir estos grupos con un mensaje común.

El Plan Hidrico, desarrollado por científicos, académicos, y miembros de la comunidad, sobre mas de una década, presenta las soluciones mas realizables para promover sostenibilidad en la región: construyendo pozos de captación de agua para prevenir mas pérdida de agua; la protección y la recuperación áreas forestales para retener el agua; y la aprobación para construir una planta de tratamiento de agua.

Desafortunadamente, y a pesar de esfuerzos impresionantes para crear y promulgar el Plan, sus recomendaciones nunca han sido completamente implementadas.

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El Plan de Incidencia: Aprovechando el Poder de la Comunidad

Las proyecciones del viernes iniciaron la campaña de la Comisión para presentar un mensaje claro y sencillo a quienes toman decisiones: agua de la cuenca Amecameca debería de ser usada por la gente de la cuenta de Amecameca.

Incorporando voces de miembros de la comisión, ingenieros, partidarios de ecoturismo, granjeros, residentes, ejidatarios, académicos, y oficiales del gobierno local, el video complementa los esfuerzos de la Comisión para unir estos diversos grupos que impulsan el Plan Hidrico. Como? A traves de la elaboración de los temas clave y proporcionando mensajes claros que pueden unificar los esfuerzos de promoción de todos los diferentes interesados. El video también sienta la base para la incidencia por medio de la inclusión de ejemplos exitosos de pozos de filtración y esfuerzos de reforestación en la comunidad – esfuerzos para implementar cambio a largo plazo y a gran escala.

Nuestro video juega un papel importante en un esfuerzo nuevo para transformar el Plan Hidrico en cambios políticos. La Comision y sus redes usarán el video como una herramienta para apoyar a sus comunidades en defender el Plan, una estrategia mejor resumida en las palabras del doctor Monroy:

Hay suficiente agua para todos, pero hay que cambiar al paradigma del manejo. No es extraerla, usarla, y tirarla. Si no, es: recuperarla, usarla dentro de la misma cuenca. Darle el agua a la gente que la necesita para su trabajo.”

The Water at the Foot of the Volcano

February 11, 2015 by

Amecameca: Water for the People

Last Friday, Dr. Óscar Monroy Hermosillo, President of the Comisión de Cuenca de los Rios Amecameca y La Compañía (Citizen Commission of the Amecameca Basin in Mexico or “Comisión”), presented a new N-Map film: The Water at the Foot of the Volcano. The film—produced in partnership with Controla Tu Gobierno and the Comisión—was screened at two different events, first at the “Foro de Agua” in Tláhuac municipality with academics and members of civil society and later for representatives of the National Water Commission, the State of Mexico, and DF local authorities of water.[1]

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The Problem: Sustainability and Unity

The watershed of the Amecameca and La Compañía rivers spans a region covering 11 municipalities of the State of Mexico and parts of Mexico City. The watershed is a significant source of water for both agricultural and urban use. About 40% of Mexico City’s water comes from this very basin; however, overuse and mismanagement inflict drastic effects on the environment and its inhabitants: from desertification and pollution to sinkholes and water shortages.

Yolotzin Olivares, councilwoman of the municipality of Chalco, recalls the impact of the depleted aquifer on her hometown, “It once smelled of mint, but I can’t smell mint anymore.”

The Comisión, collectively a powerful force for advocacy, consists of more than 25 support groups throughout the state—each with a specific interest. The key is uniting these groups behind a common message.

The Plan Hídrico, developed over more than a decade by scientists, academics, and community members, presents the most feasible solutions to promote sustainability in the area: building filtration wells to prevent further water loss; the protection and recovery of forest areas to retain water; and approval to build a water treatment plant.

Yet despite impressive efforts to create and enact the Plan, its recommendations were never fully implemented.

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The Advocacy Plan: Harnessing The Power of Community

The screenings on Friday launched the Commission’s campaign to present a simple and clear message to decision-makers: water from the Amecameca basin should be used by the people of the Amecameca basin.

Featuring voices from Commission members, engineers, ecotourism supporters, farmers, residents, neighbors, academics, and local government officials, the video compliments the Commission’s efforts to unite these varied groups behind the Plan Hídrico. How? Through framing the key issues and providing a clear message that can be used to unify the advocacy efforts among all the different stakeholders. The video also lays the groundwork for advocacy by including successful examples of filtration wells and reforestation efforts in the community—highlighting current efforts to implement long-term and large-scale change.

Our video plays a vital part in the effort to translate the Plan Hídrico into political change. The Comisión and its network will use the video as an advocacy tool to encourage their communities to advocate for the Plan, a strategy best summarized in the words of doctor Monroy:

“There is enough water for all, but we have to change the paradigm from extracting, using, and disposing the water to recover and use it within the basin, for the people that need it for their work.”

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[1] Given the interest of the authorities, the video was presented this Tuesday before the Committee of the Users of the Mexico Valley Basin.

Job Posting: Mexico Project Manager

January 27, 2015 by

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Job Description: Mexico Project Manager

Location: Mexico City

Application Deadline: February 23, 2015

New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance of power in the toughest cases and campaigns.

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more. We develop high quality, tactically sophisticated media advocacy projects that can be used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age”.

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a Project Manager to help us manage our portfolio of cutting-edge human rights and transparency projects in Mexico. These projects involve support for litigation, advocacy campaigns, human rights documentation, and more.

The Project Manager will work with N-Map staff based in Mexico City and New York to complete these projects, as well as other work in Latin America. Some domestic and international travel may be required.

The ideal candidate is an energetic and experienced human rights or public interest law professional, or international journalist, with at least 5 years of full-time work experience in the field. N-Map brings together advocacy professionals and filmmakers and other creatives – together, these teams craft our innovative media advocacy strategies. The Project Manager will be part of the advocacy side of that team.

The Project Manager will be involved with all aspects of projects, including, but not limited to, strategic development, day-to-day-management, reporting and budgeting, client communications, project implementation, grant reporting, and evaluation. The Project Manager will also have other organizational responsibilities, like attending weekly staff meetings, business development and fundraising, communications, and thought leadership, etc. The Project Manager will also play an important role in organizing and coordinating N-Map’s operations in Mexico including planning and leading video shoots; conducting research on a variety of human rights, technology, and legal issues; helping to manage communications within coalitions of project partners, writing for N-Map communications, and more.

Qualifications:

  • University degree, BA/BS, or equivalent degree required; advanced degree, such as law or public policy preferred;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in human rights, public interest law or advocacy, or journalism;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage several projects and timelines with different team members and partners;
  • English and Spanish fluency;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, including some experience working with people from other cultures.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be detail oriented, well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work.
  • Familiarity with video production and editing, computer programming, or social media are all plusses, but not required.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and statement of interest as one attachment to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org. Please specify “Mexico Project Manager” in the email subject line. Please submit all materials in English.

Oportunidad de Trabajo: Director de Proyecto en México

January 27, 2015 by

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Descripción del puesto: Director de Proyecto en México

Fecha limite para aplicar: Febrero 23, 2015

Ubicación: Ciudad de México

¿Quiénes somos?

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combina la experiencia legal con las herramientas de comunicación innovadoras para fortalecer los derechos humanos y el trabajo por la justicia social. Ayudamos a defensores en todo el mundo a contar sus historias en las más convincentes y poderosas maneras para inclinar la balanza en los casos y campañas más difíciles.

N-Map trabaja en nombre de clientes valientes en temas como la detención ilegal, la violencia de género, los desalojos forzados, las condiciones carcelarias, la discriminación racial, la justicia penal, y más. Desarrollamos proyectos de defensa de los medios que son tácticamente sofisticados y de alta calidad que se pueden utilizar en la sala de audiencias, en las oficinas legislativas, en las comunidades de nuestros clientes, y más ampliamente con el público.

N-Map fue reconocido en 2014 por el presidente ejecutivo de Google, Eric Schmidt, como una de 10 organizaciones que están promoviendo la “Nueva Era Digital”.

Descripción Del Trabajo

N-Map está buscando un Director de Proyecto para ayudarnos a manejar nuestro portafolio de proyectos de los derechos humanos y transparencia en México. Estos proyectos implican el apoyo con litigio, campañas de promoción e incidencia, documentación sobre derechos humanos, y más.

El Director de Proyecto trabajará con el personal de N-Map en la Ciudad de México y Nueva York para completar estos proyectos, así como otros trabajos en América Latina. Viajar para proyectos domésticos e internacionales puede ser una parte necesaria de este trabajo.

El candidato ideal es un energético y profesional experto de los derechos humanos o de interés público, o un periodista internacional, con al menos 5 años de experiencia en el campo laboral a tiempo completo. N-Map reúne a profesionales de defensa, directores de cine y otros creativos – en conjunto, estos equipos desarrollan nuestras innovadoras estrategias de incidencia. El Director de Proyecto será parte del lado de incidencia del equipo.

El Director de Proyecto estará involucrado con todos los aspectos de los proyectos, incluyendo, pero no limitado a, el desarrollo estratégico, la administración diaria y general, elaboración de informes y presupuestos, las comunicaciones del cliente, la ejecución del proyecto, conceder la presentación de informes y evaluación. El Director de Proyecto también tendrá otras responsabilidades organizacionales, como asistir a reuniones semanales de empleados, desarrollo de negocios y la recaudación de fondos, comunicaciones y pensamiento de liderazgo, etc.

El Director de Proyecto también tendrá un papel importante en la organización y coordinación de las operaciones de N-Map en México incluyendo la planificación de grabaciones de vídeo; la realización de investigaciones en una variedad de derechos humanos, la tecnología y las cuestiones jurídicas; ayudar a dirigir las comunicaciones dentro de las coaliciones de los socios del proyecto, la escritura para las comunicaciones N-Map, y más.

Cualificaciones

  • Titulo de licenciatura (BA/BS) o título equivalente requerido; un titulo avanzado, como un diploma en ley o de políticas publicas preferido;
  • Al menos 5 años de experiencia profesional en materia de derechos humanos, el derecho de interés público o incidencia, o el periodismo;
  • Capacidad comprobada de administrar varios proyectos y líneas de tiempo con numerosos miembros y socios del equipo;
  • Dominio completo de inglés y español;
  • Excelentes habilidades interpersonales, comunicación verbal y escrita, incluyendo alguna experiencia de trabajo con personas de otras culturas;
  • Capacidad para trabajar de forma efectiva y creativa en un entorno acelerado;
  • Debe estar muy orientado al detalle, bien organizado y capaz de gestionar eficazmente prioridades y fechas limites frecuentes.
  • Debe mostrar un compromiso a los derechos humanos, incidencia, y el trabajo de interés público.
  • Familiaridad con la producción y edición de vídeo, la programación de computadoras, o los medios de comunicación social todas son cosas positivas, pero no obligatorias.

Cómo Aplicar

Por favor envíe un curriculum vitae y una carta de su declaración de interés (en un solo archivo) a Meryl Friedman en jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org. Por favor, especifique “Director de Proyecto México” en la línea de asunto del correo electrónico. Por favor, envíe todos los materiales en inglés.

Job Posting: Program Assistant

January 27, 2015 by

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Location: New York City

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more. We develop high quality, tactically sophisticated media advocacy projects that can be used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a Program Assistant to support our international team. The Program Assistant will provide administrative and operational support for the organization, as well as assist with many of N-Map’s projects.

The ideal candidate has 1-2 years of professional experience providing administrative support in a dynamic and fast-paced atmosphere. The Program Assistant will play an important role in organizing and coordinating many of our complex domestic and international projects. This position offers the unique opportunity to be exposed to many aspects of non-profit management, including operations, fundraising, contact management, and communications. Candidates must be self motivated, detail oriented, and must possess the ability to work under pressure. Though not required, familiarity with Spanish or French will be incredibly useful.

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing general administrative support for the organization, including: managing calendars and schedules; organizing staff meetings; supporting accounting and expense reporting; drafting correspondence; assisting all staff in basic administrative tasks; maintaining contacts database; organizing and maintaining our New York City office, and more.
  • Providing program support for the Executive Team, Project Managers, and Communications Team including: coordinating internal communications within project teams; coordinating project schedules; assisting with domestic and international travel planning, conducting research for all projects and communications; assisting with daily social media work, and more.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent degree required
  • 1- 2 years of professional experience, particularly in a non-profit, startup, or social enterprise
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be detail oriented, well organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
  • Familiarity with in-depth research and MSOffice applications, including Excel and PowerPoint (or Keynote)
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work
  • Familiarity with Spanish is a huge plus, but is not necessary
  • Knowledge of video production and editing, computer programming, or graphic design are all plusses (but not required)

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and statement of interest in one attachment to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org with the subject line “Program Assistant Application.”

Job Posting: NYC Project Manager

January 27, 2015 by

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Location: New York City

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more. We develop high quality, tactically sophisticated media advocacy projects that can be used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

Job Description:

N-Map is seeking a Project Manager to lead a portfolio of cutting-edge human rights and public interest advocacy projects around the world. These projects involve support for public interest litigation, advocacy campaigns, human rights documentation, and more.

The Project Manager will work with N-Map staff based in our New York headquarters, and with project managers in Mexico and Nigeria. The projects vary widely and will require significant international and domestic travel.

The ideal candidate is an energetic and experienced public interest lawyer, human rights researcher/advocate, or international journalist, with at least five years of full-time work experience in the field. N-Map brings together advocacy experts, filmmakers and other creative professionals to craft our innovative media advocacy strategies. The Project Manger will work with our partners to guide the advocacy strategy while also directing media productions.

The Project Manager will be involved with all aspects of N-Map’s programmatic work, including strategic development, day-to-day-management, client communications, project implementation, grant reporting, and evaluation. The Project Manager will also have other organizational responsibilities, including but not limited to contributing to business development and fundraising, communications, and thought leadership.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in international relations, social sciences, public policy, or law is preferred. An advanced degree, particularly a J.D. or public policy masters, is highly desirable.
  • At least five years of professional experience in a related field, especially human rights, public interest law, advocacy, or journalism;
  • Ability to plan and execute complex projects in an international context;
  • Fluent in English but fluency in other languages is a significant plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, including working with international teams.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; candidate must be detail oriented, efficient, and able to effectively manage competing priorities and competing deadlines.
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work.
  • Familiarity with video production and editing, distribution strategies, and social media is a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and statement of interest as one attachment to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org with the subject line “NYC Project Manager Application.”

 

Job Opening: Part-Time Grant Writer

December 23, 2014 by

Job Title: Part-Time Grant Writer

Start Date: January 2015

Location: New York City or Hudson NY

Deadline: Rolling

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New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work.  We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

Human rights advocates and social entrepreneurs face enormous challenges:  deeply entrenched social issues, over-resourced opponents and competitors, as well as hostile or risk-averse courts, legislatures, and funders.  This equation means the usual tools are not enough.  N-Map uses advocates’ greatest tool—their stories—to help meet those challenges. Our innovative mix of legal and media knowledge helps to bring those stories to life, and to use them effectively in courtrooms, legislatures, communities, and the public.

 

Job Description:

N-Map is seeking a part-time Grant Writer to help our development team research and draft all grant proposals and grant reports. The Grant Writer will work directly with our Executive Director and Director of Development to execute our ambitious fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate has two to five years experience writing grants for non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will be able to craft compelling, creative, and concise grant materials. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. It is essential that the candidate be able to quickly and easily understand new and complex human rights issues. As many of our projects are legally technical and, oftentimes, emotionally challenging, it is crucial the Grant Writer have the ability to adeptly introduce new and difficult concepts to funders in compelling and polished writing.  Though not required, familiarity with legal concepts and international human rights will be incredibly useful.

This is a part time position – approximately 2 days/week (15-20 hours).  There is some room for growth, and the position may develop over time.

 

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, developing, and writing grant proposals and reports; persuasively and creatively communicating N-Map’s mission and projects to potential funders
  • Managing the logistics behind all current grant proposals and grant reports: coordinating with all departments to assemble and submit applications
  • Cultivating a strong and thorough understanding of N-Map’s mission and current projects in order to accurately write about the organization
  • Understanding the N-Map voice
  • Conducting prospect-funding research
  • Providing writing support for development projects and fundraising needs

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of experience with grant writing or development for non-profit organizations
  • Excellent written communication skills; ability to write clear, concise, creative and persuasive proposals that effectively translate N-Map’s mission and goals.
  • Outstanding editing skills
  • Keen attention to detail; highly organized with an ability to juggle multiple writing projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to understand basic legal jargon and translate key messages for broader audiences
  • Strong ability to work quickly and under a tight deadline
  • Responsive and attentive to all editorial feedback
  • Familiarity with donor databases (Salesforce) is a plus

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How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples, including at least one proposal or report drafted primarily by you and salary requirements to jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org. Please include “Grant Writer Application” as the subject of the email.

We’re Hiring: Development Intern

November 6, 2014 by

Job Description: Development Intern

Start Date: January 5th, 2015 (dates flexible)

Deadline: December 1st, 2014

Location: New York City

 

New Media Advocacy Project Description

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) is a non-profit organization that combats human rights violations by using digital video and other media to strengthen social justice advocacy in courts, legislatures, and communities.  N-Map’s lawyers, advocates, and media professionals help human rights organizations integrate technology directly into their strategies, enabling them to win their cases and achieve their clients’ goals more effectively.

 

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a part-time Development Intern in our NYC office! We are a small and dynamic non-profit organization; so although you’ll mainly work with development staff, our interns get a deep look into many facets of our organization: communications, administration, human rights law and advocacy, and media production.

The ideal candidate has a deep commitment to human rights and public service, with some knowledge of media and film production. Applicants must be able to commit at least 18 hours/week. While the schedule is somewhat flexible, we prefer the intern to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unfortunately, we cannot offer academic credit for this internship; however, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our newly-formed development team as they craft a foundational fundraising strategy.

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to human rights advocacy
  • Interest in non-profit fundraising, management, and development
  • Strong research skills with an ability to synthesize data
  • Advanced writing and editing skills
  • Ambitious, problem solvers preferred please

 

Duties:

  • Assist Development team with research and day-to-day activities
  • Identify and research potential donors including foundations and individuals
  • Maintain database with donor and prospect information
  • Draft materials for donor solicitations and communications
  • Write and copy edit project proposals and grants renewals

 

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org in a single attachment by December 1st, 2014.  Please include “Development Intern” in the subject of your email.

 

N-Map Premieres: Truth & Justice for the Women of Guatemala

August 12, 2014 by
By Abby Goldberg & Nili Blanck 
     In 2012, Women’s Link Worldwide successfully worked with human rights groups and women survivors from indigenous communities, specifically the Ixil Maya, to frame the widespread sexual violence of the Ríos Montt administration in Guatemala as an element of genocide—a monumental achievement. We captured their story on film.

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   As the head of state between 1982 and 1983, José Efraín Ríos Montt had a relatively brief window of power, but left an enduring impact – the UN estimates that 48% of the violence reported during the 36-year armed conflict occurred during his administration. Ríos Montt is responsible for thousands of deaths and forced disappearances. However, it was the widespread violence against women and girls—targeted specifically at indigenous communities—that was a strategic military tactic of genocide. Guatemalan journalist, Marielos Monzón, succinctly explains that targeting women was an attempt to, “remove a community at its seed.”

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   To prove this first in a Spanish court where Guatemalan war crimes were tried under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction (and later in a national criminal tribunal in Guatemala) Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) employed an innovative legal strategy to ensure the justice process included gender crimes – or crimes specifically targeted at women: they utilized expert witnesses in the field of international justice and women’s rights to contextualize the issue, cite established jurisprudence that recognizes crimes against women as a tactic of war, and inform the judges’ understanding of the case.

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   Although the Guatemalan Constitutional Court later annulled Ríos Montt’s conviction (for the latest updates follow the Open Society’s International Justice Monitor), the court’s recognition of sexual and gender based violence as a distinct element of the genocide further cements this growing jurisprudence. Furthermore, sharing this with judicial actors worldwide can help disseminate information about the best practices for and the importance of ensuring women’s inclusion in these trials. Video renders this possible.

   The eight-minute documentary informs judges and prosecutors worldwide of not only the importance of including sexual and gender based crimes in transitional justice processes but also the difficulties they face in doing so. Judicial actors often do not know how to work with the stigmatization survivors of sexual violence endure when revealing themselves as victims, facing the secondary trauma of confronting their perpetrator in court, or risking social marginalization from spouses and family members who may view the women as responsible.

  We see this video as an important example of not only how women survivors can be included in the judicial process but also why their participation proves imperative. We hope this film will encourage greater use of expert testimony as well as other strategies to ensure women’s right to access justice and everyone’s right to know their history.


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