Call for Applications #womenps

Polis180, the “Centre of Public Initiatives – Ideas for Change” (Kyiv) and the IDP Women Association “Consent” (Tbilisi) are pleased to announce a call for applications for participation in the project

Women, Peace and Security: A Chance for Georgia’s and Ukraine’s Protracted Conflicts? #womenps

comprising two workshops in Kyiv (07 – 12 October 2018) and Tbilisi (25 – 30 November 2018).

The project aims at scrutinizing the roles of women in peace and security. What is the status of women’s rights and women’s participation in politics and society in Ukraine and Georgia? How do governmental and civil society actors, NGOs and mediators address  issues of women, peace and security? Which special challenges do internally displaced women face? (How) does the situation differ between Ukraine and Georgia and what can be learned from the respective other? What could Germany and the EU do to strengthen the women, peace and security perspective on the Ukrainian and Georgian conflicts?

Read more about the project here!

Who Can Apply?

We are looking for highly motivated advanced students and young professionals from Ukraine, Georgia and Germany. Interested applicants must:

  • be citizens or long-term residents of Ukraine, Georgia or Germany
  • be between 20 and 35 years old
  • demonstrate a proven interest in gender issues, peace and security, or (human) security dynamics in the post-Soviet space
  • have a (proven) very good command of English
  • be able to take part in ALL sessions of the project (both in Kyiv, 07 – 12 October 2018 and in Tbilisi, 25 – 30 November 2018)

Applicants should be willing to support the publication of the creative project report, e.g. by writing a blog article or collecting stories from experts during the workshops. 

We welcome applications from all genders! #heforshe

How to Apply?

Please write a cover letter in which you provide answers to the following questions in English (max. 200 words per question):

  • What is your motivation for participating in the project?
  • Have you dealt with gender issues, peace and security, or (human) security dynamics in the post-Soviet space in your studies/work? In what way?
  • In your opinion, what is the most important reason why women and women’s issues stay relatively excluded from the sphere of peace and security?
  • Lastly, please discuss three concrete ideas about how to increase the meaningful participation of women in peace and security!

Please send your cover letter, CV (in English) and (if possible) proof of your knowledge of English to womenps@polis180.org stating your name, surname and country in the email subject line (e.g. Maria Muster, Germany). The application deadline is 19 August 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by 23 August. Should you have any questions concerning the application process, feel free to contact us at womenps@polis180.org. Please note: Your data will be shared with Polis180, the “Centre of Public Initiatives – Ideas for Change” and the IDP Women Association “Consent”. The Centre of Public Initiatives and the IDP Women Association “Consent” voluntary adhere to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation standards for this project. We look forward to your application!

Costs and Financing

The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and the Foundation Women in Europe. Most of the costs (flights/trains/buses to Kyiv and Tbilisi and back home, accommodation in gender-separated twin/triple rooms and most meals) will be covered for all selected participants. Participants need to pay a symbolic participation fee of 50€ (for participants from Germany) or 20€ (for participants from Ukraine and Georgia). Participants might also need to cover limited small expenses (e.g. local transportation cost in Kyiv and Tbilisi and a few dinners) themselves.

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