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Co-Chair ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee

Organisation : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Location : Online (National)

Time required : 2-4 hours per eek

Duration of project : ongoing

Skill area : Legal

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Application closing date : 31 May, 2022

About the role

There are still many areas in Australian society in which women and girls experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such this area is a critical focus of ALHR’s work.

Over the past six years ALHR’s Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee has drafted numerous submissions to national and international bodies, issued press releases and given media interviews, written letters to ministers and other parliamentarians, hosted successful and informative events and collaborated across civil society and the legal sector to advance women and girls’ rights.


The Co-Chair will be responsible for continuing this momentum and leading ALHR’s work in the women and girls’ rights space at a national and international level. The successful applicant will be a lawyer who is passionate about women and girls’ rights and has significant knowledge, experience and expertise in the area. The successful applicant will also be committed to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal and inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of human rights.

The purposes of this role are to working collaboratively with members of the Women and Girls’ rights subcommittee, other ALHR subcommittees and ALHR’s governing committees in order to facilitate research, coordinate submissions and comprehensive advocacy on women and girls’ rights that is consistent with international human rights law principles, and to present them to key legal and political figures in order to keep the thematic area at the forefront of public discussion.

ALHR Co-Chairs are supported, guided by and accountable to ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.

The ALHR Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee has attracted a strong membership base, comprising lawyers, academics and law students, in Australia and beyond, with a keen interest in women and girls’ rights issues.

The successful applicant with work with an incumbent co-chair, sharing responsibilities for overseeing the work of the subcommittee.

For more information please see the attached position description.

The successful applicant will need to be a current member of ALHR 

Please see the attached ALHR Co-Chair Position Description

About the organisation

Organisation name : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national association of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged National, State and Territory committees and specialist thematic committees. Through advocacy, media engagement, education, networking, research and training, ALHR promotes, practices and protects universally accepted standards of human rights throughout Australia and overseas.

ALHR utilises thematic subcommittees to increase the impact of our advocacy and has adopted a co-chair management structure within them. A focus on thematic human rights areas has engaged our members allowing them to concentrate on particular human rights issues and enabling ALHR to deliver a key promise to our paid membership by offering them a voice on human rights and law reform in Australia. This thematic focus also serves to increase the impact of our strategic advocacy and enables ALHR to efficiently target areas of critical focus for Australian human rights practice.

How to apply

To apply for this role please send an expression of interest including cover letter and CV to Kerry Weste, ALHR President, at:

If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Cassandra Bourke, incumbent WGR Subcommittee Co-Chair at or Kerry at

Please quote in application: Co-Chair ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee via Pro Bono Australia.


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