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Dear allies, colleagues, friends,

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is calling for nominations for up to 6 enthusiastic and dedicated feminists to join our Board of Directors!

ABOUT OUR BOARD

FRIDA’s Board uses a multigenerational approach that amplifies young feminist leadership! The Board is composed of three Executive positions (Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) that are held by young feminists under 35 years of age, and General Members of any age. We try to ensure that no more than 30 percent of the entire Board is over the age of 30.

Here are some of the main responsibilities of a FRIDA Board Member: oversee the legal and financial management of the fund, mobilize resources and contribute to the fund’s financial success, ensure a solid balanced budget, represent FRIDA at conferences and meetings, oversee the performance of Co-Directors, and contribute to FRIDA’s organizational development.

In addition, the current Board plays a key role in strengthening FRIDA’s global governance structure that reflects FRIDA’s values and participatory processes to ensure multiple voices from FRIDA’s community are heard and have input into strategic direction and identity.

Read about our current Board Members here!

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for diverse, vibrant, and passionate individuals that are leaders in their community, field, movement and/or sector.

Here are some of the specific characteristics and skills that FRIDA is looking for in its new Board members:

  • Commitment to the feminist movement and promotion of young feminist activism;

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in mobilizing resources and managing public relations;

  • Expertise in institutional development of an organization/group;

  • Confidence in public speaking and/or writing;

  • High sense of responsibility and communication skills;

  • Ability to contribute skills and expertise in financial and legal management;

  • Preferably be located in Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East North Africa, or the Pacific;

  • Trans*youth are strongly encouraged to apply!

The board members will be elected for a 3 year term from 2017 – 2020.

HOW TO APPLY

You can nominate somebody you know or nominate yourself by 4 January 2017.  

Please circulate this call widely among your networks!

Please share nominations to board@youngfeministfund.org with the following:

  • A quick introduction of the nominee that briefly outlines what their unique contributions would be as a member of the FRIDA Board
  • CV/resume
  • Contact information for 2 references
 

Committed to participatory processes, the entire FRIDA community will have the opportunity to vote for the final candidates. Voting will take place in January 2017 and the final Board members will be announced shortly after. More details to follow!

Please get in touch if you have any questions at all! We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you for your time and engagement in this process.

Warmest regards on behalf of the FRIDA Board,

Anna Nikoghosyan, (FRIDA Board Chair),
Ruby Johnson and Devi Leiper O’Malley,  (FRIDA Co-Directors)

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Call for advisors from MENA region to join FRIDA’s advisory committee!

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FRIDA is recruiting passionate and committed young feminist activists from the Middle East and North Africa region to join its Global Advisory Committee!

We are looking for individuals located or from the following countries where we do not currently have advisors and/or need more advisory support:  Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Western Sahara

We are no longer accepting applications for this post.

Please see more details below

 

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Background

Founded in 2011, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA aims to bring new resources and new opportunities to girls, young women and trans youth globally.

Its Vision is a world where young women, girls and trans* youth are recognized as experts of their own reality, enjoying their human rights and building a more just and sustainable world through collective power and transformative leadership.

To this end, its Mission is to:

  • Provide accessible and strategic funding for newly established young feminist-led initiatives through a participatory grantmaking process, that puts funding decision power into the hands of applicants;
  • Strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to leverage additional resources for their work and enhance their impact, including more skills, information, and networks; and
  • Increase commitments of donors and allies to resourcing young feminist activism and their issues, through resource mobilization, knowledge-building, and philanthropic advocacy.

Since its founding, FRIDA has relied on a Global Advisory Committee made up of mostly young feminist activists from all over the world. These Advisors play a key role in the following areas:

  • Facilitating FRIDA’s annual participatory grantmaking process by conducting outreach, screening applications, reviewing final results, supporting due diligence.
  • Supporting grantee partners’ capacity development and communication with FRIDA.
  • Informing strategy and programmatic decisions in various areas of FRIDA’s work through thematic working groups such as Communications, Resource Mobilization, Capacity Development, and Grantmaking
  • Informing FRIDA’s strategic direction every 5 years.

The Global Advisory Committee is currently divided up into the following regions:

  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Central Eastern Europe and Central and North Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

FRIDA recognizes that these regions are not perfectly defined nor straightforward. It has done its best to come up with a practical definition while being flexible and open to ongoing political dialogue.

Each Regional Committee is coordinated by two Regional Facilitators that rotate on a regular basis.

The Advisory Committee also relies on Thematic Advisors. These advisors are recruited to provide expertise on a specific issue or skill area. They can support multiple regions. They do not have the same responsibilities as Regional Advisors.

Advisor Responsibilities

Advisory Committee membership is voluntary and advisors work together with FRIDA staff. FRIDA will support direct travel costs related to participation in Advisory Committee meetings; and communication costs where necessary and feasible.

Advisors must also sit on different working groups to work with other FRIDA advisors and staff. Current working groups include; Grant making & Capacity Development, Resource Mobilization/Philanthropic Advocacy, Communications and Impact, Learning & Research.

Specific Responsibilities will include:

    1. Regional expertise: FRIDA Advisors provide key advice and expertise about their region; in particular Advisors develop the regional strategy on annual and biannual basis.
    2. Alliance-building and constituency development: This will involve supporting the FRIDA Team in building new relationships with key strategic allies including donors and other regional and international women’s rights or feminist organizations. Advisors will be required to be involved in building the Fund’s constituency through active outreach and information dissemination.
    3. Coordination of Grant making: This will involve working closely with other advisors and FRIDA team to processes for grant making; implementing effective grant-making mechanisms and policies; and designing and assisting with implementation of support programs for grantees.
    4. Support and development of FRIDA grantees: Advisors will be expected to support grantees and identify areas where they may need growth and development. In the case that advisors identify areas where grantees can grow and develop they will be expected to discuss these areas with the grantees and help them develop a plan to address these issues.
    5. Coordination of regional events: This will involve providing insight and advice on logistics for events such as grantee partner and/or Advisor convenings in the region.
    6. Resource Mobilization and Communications: This will involve support to FRIDA staff around implementation of the Fund’s fundraising, communications, and resource mobilization strategy including at least one contribution a year to FRIDA’s online communications and possibly some regional fundraising efforts.
    7. Support and Coordination of the Advisory Committee: This will involve recruiting new regional and/or thematic advisors and maintaining and organizing documentation. Regional advisors are expected to liaise with Thematic advisors when relevant and strategic.

Advisor Performance Expectations and Responsibilities:

We know there are many young feminist activists who are doing excellent work and can contribute to FRIDA’s mission. We expect that when someone signs on as an advisor, they will meet the following expectations to ensure FRIDA’s Advisory Committee is serving the grantee partner community and regional and global movements to the best of their ability and capacity. Advisors are expected to:

  • Communicate in a timely manner with other advisors and the FRIDA team in order to help the Advisor Committee and FRIDA staff stay effective and efficient. A response to say you cannot respond is always better than no response at all.
  • Participate in Advisor calls online, on average once every two months.
  • Commit to at least four hours a month on average for FRIDA related activities that support the Regional strategy. Some months are quieter and may not require this amount of time, while other months may require more than four hours. For example, during FRIDA’s grantmaking, advisors will be reviewing proposals; similarly, if a grantee or advisor convening is being held in the region, advisors will be developing agendas and providing advice on logistics.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold strong ethics related to conflict of interest by signing FRIDA’s Conflict of Interest Policy; especially in regards to reviewing groups that the Advisor may be affiliated with in the past, present, or future; treatment towards all FRIDA community members (fellow advisors, grantee partners, staff, etc); and navigating relationships with donors and potential donors, especially shared donors for FRIDA and/or the advisor and/or grantee partner.
  • Complete an annual self-assessment of my participation to the Advisory Committee, and use it to evaluate my own capacity, support, and growth within the Committee.
  • Serve on the advisory committee for a 2 year term, subject to renewal through a biannual evaluation and recruitment process.
  • If the Advisor is unable to participate or is inactive for more than one month, it is expected that there will be a process to evaluate and facilitate a resignation process to support the effectiveness of the Committee and allow others to have the opportunity to be an Advisor.

When FRIDA requires support that goes beyond these responsibilities and expectations for specific projects, it will go through other measures to hire consultants to support the work. For example, logistics management for events and significant translation needs.

 

Must haves for eligible candidates for the MENA Region:

● Aged under 35 years at the time of application

● Three or more years demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s rights, equality and non-discrimination and feminist movement building;

● Three or more years involvement with young women’s organizations/initiatives working for women’s rights, including time in a leadership role at a local, national, regional or global level;

● Functional spoken and written  one or more  of the following languages: Arabic, French, English

● Skills in such areas as project management, communications, workshop facilitation, capacity-building, movement building and/or monitoring and evaluation;

Desirable:

  • Located/from the following countries where we do not currently have advisors and/or need more advisory support: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen
  • Grant-making, international development, or working with a funding institution (experience grant-making to young women’s groups and/or start-up, small or community-based groups highly desirable);
  • Communication experience, such as pitching and writing articles, managing social media, graphic design and/or filming;
  • Digital security skills, such as preventing and managing attacks and hacks against activists online via social media, website, and email;
  • Thematic issues related to:
    • Working with girls and adolescents under the age of 18;
    • Working in areas of conflict or post-conflict; refugees; people living under occupation;
    • Sex worker OR sexual & reproductive rights movement and a good knowledge of the issues and challenges faced by the movement;
    • Ecology, climate justice, and the extractive industries;
    • Migration and migrant community groups;
    • Working with the arts for activism such as theater, street art, or music;
    • Working with minority, ethnic, and rural groups, and people living with disabilities;
    • Working with the care economy and domestic worker rights;
    • Sexual orientation and gender identity & expression (SOGIE) related issues and a good knowledge of SOGIE organizations and networks on the continent
  • Resource mobilization  experience, such as applying for or receiving monetary grants from a donor or organizing fundraising  activities with individuals (ie. events or online crowdfunding);
  • Law, finance, accounting and/ or corporate social responsibility

How to apply:

Please review the requirements and criteria above, and if you are interested, submit a cover letter, CV and completed FRIDA advisory application form   to menaregion@youngfeministfund.org no later than 28 Dec 2016.

Once we have reviewed your application, you will hear from us to set up an interview.

Living and learning feminism with young girls in Lucknow

This blog has been penned by Gopika Bashi, one of our advisors from the Asia Pacific region. To read more about FRIDA’s advisory committee, click here.

As feminists, our most basic task is  to fight patriarchy. And we do that by weeding it out at its roots. We call out misogyny, chip away at limiting ideologies, practices and deeply embedded traditions. This is, and has been, our task. But what does feminism mean for a group of young women trained in self-defense, in a small suburb of the northern Indian city of Lucknow? How does the practice of self-defense dismantle patriarchal machinery? This is what I had in mind in the days leading up to my visit to Red Brigade Lucknow, one of FRIDA’s grantee partners in Asia. And I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

Once I arrived in Madiyaon, a small suburb almost on the outskirts of the main city, I sat on some steps outside the local Ramlila ground (named after the battle between good and evil from the ancient Hindu epic, Ramayana), waiting for one of the girls to come pick me up. Looking around, it was quite obvious that this was not an easy environment to even be in, let alone work from. As the afternoon sun shone down on me, I could pick up the distinctive odour of locally made alcohol from the shops with men lined up outside of them.

I entered the tiny building with bright red walls, and a board that said ‘Red Brigade Lucknow’, tucked away at a corner of an open ground. The walls were adorned with pictures of their founder, Usha Vishwakarma, receiving awards from various celebrities and being honoured by politicians. One of the photos was of the group’s appearance on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, hosted by one of Hindi cinema’s superstars, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. As I cooled down with some water, the girls scrambled together, not really knowing what to expect either.  

I looked around at the circle of young women around me. I had met some of them some years earlier. I was told later that more than 70% of these girls had survived sexual violence, in most cases by someone from within their household. A young group founded by survivors of sexual violence, they basically train young girls and women in self defense and martial arts to fight sexual violence and harassment in public spaces and homes. Around fifteen of us were together for the next two days as we collectively reflected, discussed and planned ahead. We dreamed together for the kind of world world we wanted to live in. So many of these dreams were similar. We all merely wanted to lead a life free from violence.

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The space created because of Red Brigade meant a great deal to these girls and young women who claimed this space as their own, and who had come here simply in search of a refuge from experiences of everyday violence. During the two days,  we articulated and reminded ourselves that this was a space for girls to come, dance, sing, laugh and to shed all invisible armours that they must put on outside those walls. And while we collectively planned our growth as a young feminist, we acknowledged how needed this safe space was and how much it lacks in many young girls’ lives.

On my last day, as the muezzin called out his evening prayers, the founding group sat with me on the roof discussing some practical questions at a critical time of leadership transition in the group. How should decisions be made collectively? Who should be taking financial decisions?  What is the group’s vision for the next 5 years, as members grow older? As we talked about all this and laid out plans on a white flipchart, I looked out at Madiyaon. The Ramlila ground had been taken over to celebrate a religious festival, under the patronage of the local politicians.

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As I rode back home, the same question I started with sprung back to me. What does feminism mean for a group of young women in this small suburb? I realised that it probably only looks a bit different, but feels exactly the same: speaking truth to power. And a place that allows young women to do that, in a society hell bent to silence them and punish them for expressing any desire, is worth keeping alive in the years to come.

All pictures © Gopika Bashi and Red Brigade Lucknow, India

Building and bonding over feminist futures: Reflections from AWID Forum

The recently concluded AWID Forum in Bahia, Brazil was a critical space not only for members of the FRIDA community but feminists, human rights defenders and activists alike to gather in the same place and discuss, dialogue and ideate on how we can collectively build a feminist future for our world.

An international forum of such large scale–over 1800 attendees from over 150 countries–the Forum was a key space for feminist activists to share innovation and energy from all corners of the world. And it was also a much needed, safe space to connect, understand the issues affecting young feminists across boundaries, gain exposure for their important work and play an active role in cross-movement building.

forumFRIDA was happy and proud to support as many as 35 young feminist activists from different parts of the world. These included grantee partners, staff members, consultants and board members. We also held our global grantee convening ahead of the Forum to connect with some of our grantee partners and learn more about the work they do, the challenges they face and the different ways in which we can help build their capacities and knowledge.

Both the Forum and the Global Convening served as a key space where young feminists shared organizing actions, deepened their understanding of how change happens in their diverse focus areas, and networked beyond their borders, harnessing their collective power.

We share below some quotes, pictures and experiences of FRIDA attendees. Relive the memorable experience through their words and pictures!

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Practising individual and collective self-care at FRIDA

The following article has been penned by all team members of FRIDA with special guidance and support by María Díaz Ezquerro

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

– Audre Lorde

As you know, FRIDA team members (staff, consultants and interns) work from all around the world. And in order to ensure that we support each other in this journey, we value the critical importance of taking time out for ourselves and prioritising personal needs from time to time. FRIDA considers self-care as a feminist political strategy to ensure the feminist movement sustainability and our personal resilience. We recognize the different physical, digital and psychological security challenges that young feminist activists face because of who they are and/or the work they do.

We acknowledge that young feminist activists work in very pressure environments, bear witness to violations and violence, and often face health problems derived from burnout, exhaustion and stress of our work and activism. We recognize the possibility of being exploited by working in pressure environments, especially when, as young feminists, we are both grateful and passionate about our contributions to the young feminist movement. 

Pic credit: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

Pic credit: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

Since FRIDA’s community is spread all across the globe, we are usually working 24 hours every day, given that someone or the other is online in their respective time zones. In such a scenario, it becomes very important to ensure that every team member maintains her/her work/life balance, and is strongly supported by every other team member. Since FRIDA staff works remotely, we have also put together some working principles to follow and observe, that can help us maintain the work life balance well. In addition, some of the tools, protocols and practises we follow while working remotely can be viewed here.

What does Individual & Collective Self Care Look Like?

One of the first things to recognize is the importance of “self” in the idea of self care. It cannot work unless we, ourselves, make a conscious effort to work towards it. Individual self care can only lead to collective self care. So, unless we care for ourselves, we will not be able to care for and prioritise the needs of our colleagues and peers. It is also important to remember that it can be a difficult and, often, disappointing act to follow and can take a significant amount of time to incorporate individual self-care and wellbeing practices in our daily routines.

The best way to deal with this difficulty/disappointment is by looking at self-care not as yet another added task on your to-do list, but to look it from a broader perspective. Whether or not we are working, we ought to be prioritising our needs and desires over everything else. Just like our feminism, it is an everyday and living practise that we are constantly learning and unlearning; not just a work ethic to follow.
There are so many ways that one can practise self care in our everyday lives: by paying attention to the way we look, dress, eat, sleep, enjoy, recreate etc.; reconsider our personal practices; relooking the prevailing culture at key spaces: the organizational space, the activist space and how we choose to participate in them; being consistent in our struggles and always learning to pause and reflect on what we have managed to achieve and what remains to be done. These are all acts of self-care processes that bind our life, workplace and the larger movements. It’s also crucial to note that there is no right or correct manner to practice self-care. We all define our own individual ways of doing it.

Infographic by Anna Vital (@annavitals)

Infographic by Anna Vital (@annavitals)

Here are some good tangible examples of individual self care, that FRIDA members have modelled:

  • Limit work hours to 8 per day, and sign out of all chat modes after work hours
  • Dedicate an entire hour for lunch break and avoid rushing with it while still working
  • Put the right amount of tasks on your plate; do not overwhelm or underwhelm yourself
  • Go for a run or walk during the day- get up to move- so that you aren’t sitting in front a screen the entire day
  • Make sure you are hydrated, nourished and well-rested before you start each day
  • Include one self-care goal per week in your weekly goals; update your calendar with it so others can get inspired and replicate in their daily schedules
  • When traveling, budget in time to recover from jet lag and rest after your trip
  • Use allocated holiday leave to take a proper break from work and not check emails during vacation days and holidays (use and practise vacation responder)
  • Practise Reiki, Yoga and other body-mind exercises
  • Play board games–scrabble, chess, ludo–to keep your mind sharp, focussed and engaged when not thinking of work
  • Spend quality time with your loved ones. Remind yourself of their beautiful presence and support in your life.
Pic credit: Move to End Violence

Pic credit: Move to End Violence

Here are some good tangible examples of collective self care, that FRIDA members have modelled:

  • Be aware of any sensitive issues or subjects that may need a trigger warning
  • Be aware of any major issues happening in the personal lives of your colleagues that may require their attention or may impact their lives or work
  • Respect when colleagues tell you they need to be offline
  • Learn to say no and empower others to flag unreasonable expectations and timelines
  • Communicate clearly about any unresolved issues with an individual team member
  • Limit channels of communication for work; do not use FB chats and Whatsapp for ongoing work conversations
  • Spend 10 minutes at the beginning of a call catching up on life and personal updates with the team member you are speaking to
  • Have a team meeting or check ins to chat about non work related issues occasionally
  • Do not work on weekends and ensure no one else does by not emailing other team members during that time. If it is urgent, use Boomerang or save the email as a draft before sending it out on Monday

Taking care of yourself is not selfish. Start today!

  1. Take the ‘21 Days to a More Impactful You‘, a 21-day challenge by Move to End Violence
  2. If you are someone working in the non profit, development sector just like us, we suggest you take a print out of this and paste it on the wall of your working room.
  3. Share your thoughts and suggestions around how you practise individual and collective self care in your working space with us! Tweet your ideas or mail us at info@youngfeministfund.org
  4. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter and spread the knowledge!