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    Subject: CfA: Network of East-West Women, 2002 Economic & Social Policy Fellowship Program CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NETWORK OF EAST-WEST WOMEN 2002 ECONOMIC &
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      Subject: CfA: Network of East-West Women, 2002
      Economic & Social Policy Fellowship Program

      CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
      NETWORK OF EAST-WEST WOMEN
      2002 ECONOMIC & SOCIAL POLICY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

      The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is pleased to announce a call for
      applications for the 2002 Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program.

      This program provides intensive training and regional networking
      opportunities to young women from Central and Eastern Europe, the New
      Independent States and the Russian Federation working to achieve economic
      and social justice for women. Fellows will sharpen their skills in feminist
      economic analysis and advocacy; they will learn
      strategies to influence economic and social policy formulation in ways that
      benefit women; and they will develop working partnerships with each other
      and with seasoned professionals in the field of economic justice.

      DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1 February 2002

      PROGRAM DATES: U.S. Placement 19 August - 15 December 2002
      In-Country Follow-On Projects 1 January - 31 December 2003

      DURATION: 16 Months

      ELIGIBILITY: Applications are encouraged from women economists, NGO
      activists, trade unionists or others from CEE/NIS/Russian Federation working
      on issues of economic and social justice for women.
      Candidates must:
      1) have experience and a demonstrated commitment to women`s rights advocacy;
      2) be affiliated with an established women`s organization/institute that
      will support the candidate`s follow-on project if selected for the Program;
      and
      3) be fluent in written and spoken English.

      PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
      The goal of the NEWW Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program is to
      build the capacity of women and women`s organizations to effectively counter
      gender-based economic and social discrimination, and to advance
      women`s integration in public policy decision-making.

      Supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation and by private donors, the
      Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program provides an intensive training
      experience in feminist economics, public policy and grassroots women`s
      activism.

      During the U.S. placement period, Fellows participate in a 2-week training
      program in Washington DC, and complete a four-month internship at a
      U.S.-based policy institution. Every effort is made to match each
      Fellow with an organization that is conducting work related the Fellow`s
      specific interest area. In December 2002, Fellows return to their home
      countries to complete a one-year follow-on project. Each Fellow designs and
      raises
      funds for her project while in the U.S., with support from NEWW and her host
      organization.

      STIPEND:
      Fellowships includes travel to and from the placement site in the United
      States, short-term medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover room
      and board expenses during the U.S. portion of the program. Housing is
      arranged in an international student house or similar student accommodation.
      In some cases Fellows are placed with families in their host city. Upon
      successful completion of the U.S. portion of the Program, NEWW provides each
      Fellow with a small seed grant to begin implementation of her follow-on
      project.

      APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
      There is no application form for this Program.

      Applicants should submit the following materials in English:
      * a cover letter summarizing:
      1) the applicant`s involvement in the field of women`s rights;
      2) her training and experience in economics and/or public policy; and
      3) her work with local women`s organizations.
      * a curriculum vitae;
      * two letters of recommendation in English, or accompanied by English
      translations, including all current contact
      information for the letter`s author. All written recommendations will be
      verified by local NEWW contacts or via telephone by NEWW staff;
      * a personal statement describing the applicant`s future career plans, and
      her reasons for applying to the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship
      Program.
      * a 3-5 page country briefing paper about women`s economic status in her
      country, including recommendations for advocacy and reform. The paper may
      focus on one or more issues of current relevance in the applicant`s country,
      and should demonstrate the applicant`s ability to write and formulate
      arguments in English.
      * a signed declaration that, if selected for the Program, the applicant will
      return to her home country to complete a 12-month follow-on project
      immediately following the U.S. placement period.

      Completed application packets should be sent by email to NEWW at
      lbrumberg@.... If email is not possible, please send the complete
      application packet by regular mail to the address below. Following review by
      an International Selection Committee, a maximum of 5 finalists will be
      selected for personal interviews, which will take
      place in Vilnius, Lithuania, 18-20 March 2002. Selected finalists will be
      notified of their interview by 20 February, 2002. Notification of Fellowship
      awards will be made April 15, 2002.

      CONTACT PERSON:
      Laurie MacDonald Brumberg
      Membership & Fellowship Program Director
      Network of East-West Women
      Email: lbrumberg@...
      1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12
      Washington, DC 20009
      Tel (202) 299-9001
      Fax (202) 299-9003
      Website: www.neww.org

      The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is an international membership and
      advocacy organization linking women in more than 30 countries in Central and
      Southeastern Europe, the New Independent States and the Russian Federation.
      Through the Legal Fellowship Program and other projects, NEWW supports
      independent women`s movements that foster women`s participation in all
      aspects of public decision-making. NEWW`s primary
      objective is to increase the capacity of women and women`s NGOs to shape
      policies that affect women`s lives.
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