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Youth-Chair ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee

Organisation : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Location : Online (National)

Time required : 2 - 4 hours per week

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.

Given ALHR’s commitment to providing young lawyers with a voice and mentorship in the practise of human rights law in Australia, we have created two youth-chair positions within the WGR Subcommittee. 

The Youth-Chairs will support the work of the Co-chairs in leading ALHR’s work in the women and girls’ rights space at a local, national and international level. The successful applicants will be young lawyers or law students advanced in their studies who are passionate about women and girls’ rights and will ideally have some knowledge, experience or expertise in the area. They will also be committed to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal and inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of all human rights.

With the support and supervision of the WGR Subcommittee Senior Co-Chairs and the ALHR National Committee, the Youth Co-Chairs will also work to lead women and girls’ rights advocacy initiatives that are especially relevant to children and young people, including via meeting with stakeholder groups, politicians, engaging in campaign work, contributing to social media communications and acting as a media spokesperson.

Applicants will also have:

  • An ability to network with key legal, political and public figures in order to engage the general public on the business and human rights
  • The capacity to engage in campaign work, contribute to social media communications and act as a media spokesperson when required.
  • Legal research and drafting skills
  • A commitment to ALHR’s aims and objectives.

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

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

Please see the attached position description for further details

About the organisation

Organisation name : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national network 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 as well as specialist national thematic committees. Through the provision of training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars and mentoring, ALHR assists members to continue to develop their knowledge of human rights law and incorporate human rights principles into their areas of legal practice in Australia.

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 a cover letter and CV to Kerry Weste, ALHR President, at: president@alhr.org.au

If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Cassandra Bourke, incumbent Senior Co-Chair of ALHR's WGR Subcommittee at wgr@alhr.org.au or Kerry at president@alhr.org.au


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


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