City Lima, Peru
Start Date Dec 2018 - Feb 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Cuso International is looking for a volunteer passionate about the rights of women and girls!
During this placement, you will provide technical assistance to DEMUS in strategic litigation and cases that they sponsor in order to recognize women's fundamental rights, such as living a life free of violence and discrimination. DEMUS carries out a psycho-legal assistance to their emblematic cases, which allows victims to become spokespersons for the rights of women and girls.
With your knowledge and experience, you'll support causes to advance the full rights for women. You can learn more about the cases here: http://www.demus.org.pe/casos-emblematicos/
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide technical assistance for legal argument of emblematic cases in different judiciary bodies.
- Develop case studies on successful emblematic litigation.
- Provide support for national and international publications on cases.
- Support DEMUS and Cuso International on lessons learned for work in defense of women's rights.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in law, sociology or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in judicial processes.
- Knowledge and commitment to gender equality.
- Experience writing/editing reports and publications.
- Ability to work under pressure and demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
DEMUS - Estudio para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer
DEMUS is a feminist organization that fights for human rights, in particular, the sexual and reproductive rights of women to promote the free exercise and questioning of the hegemonic paradigm on women and their sexuality.
DEMUS was founded in 1987 when four feminist lawyers decided to create a space where social movements could be discussed and sustainable strategies could be developed for public incidence. During the initial creation, DEMUS worked on the rights of women to live lives free from violence, which later expanded to beyond the topic of law, to include working in social, political, cultural spaces while also incorporating other disciplines such as humanities, psychology, social sciences and communications.
Today DEMUS continues working on the defense of sexual and reproductive rights of women and LGTBI.
The overall objective is to:
- Promote the notion that the State and Civil Society recognize, respect and guarantee sexual freedom and the autonomy of women.
- Maintain the sexual and reproductive rights legal framework.
- Promote the message that organizations such as various civil societies (feminists, social and human rights movements), public figures and opinion leaders speak and stand up for women's rights as well as sexual independence.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.