Are you the next organising partner for Women’s Major Group in the UNECE Region?

It’s election time! The United Nations Women’s Major Group (WMG) is a network working tirelessly for a human rights-based and feminist implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The secretariat, 2 global and 6 regional organising partners (OPs) mobilise 1000s of WMG members from around the world, and facilitate their participation in policy processes related to the 2030 Agenda. It’s now time to select our new regional organising partner for Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus, might it be you?

About the two OP roles

This call is for the appointment of two OP roles, one regional OP that is the link to the global WMG (attends high-level meetings in New York and coordinates with the global OPs and other regional OPs). The second OP will be the alternate to this global-link OP, and will be doing most of the regional coordination with the UNECE RCEM governing body, and step in and support the global-link OP where necessary.

Who can run?

WMG members from the UNECE Region, who are from the civil society, can run. We encourage feminists with a fierce intersectional analysis from the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Central Asia to apply. You need to have an institutional backing, since the OP role takes 25% of your time and there is no remuneration but a small regrant that can be used by the OP, which is mostly used to bring members to meetings. If your organisation is based in a low-income region of the UNECE, and has limited resources, WECF International can provide some secretarial support.

Please make sure you carefully read the WMG Governance DocumentOP Terms of Reference and agree to the WMG Principles & Values before applying to run as an OP. It outlines the mandate of the role and what is expected of the OP. In addition to the tasks outlined in the ToR, is the facilitation and coordination of the RCEM together with other constituencies from the UNECE region, that will be the main task of the alternate. This includes planning the civil society forum ahead of the UNECE regional forum on sustainable development in March together with the RCEM governing body, a process that usually starts in Nov/Dec.

It is advantageous if you have participated in HLPF or RFSD before, and a necessity that you are planning to attend both forums this year for an effective transition.

Link to the application

Timeline for regional elections

  • 28 Feb: release of the WMG UNECE OP election call & registration link to vote shared
  • 28 Feb: 6 Mar: Nomination form open
  • 6 Mar: deadline for registering to vote
  • 6-9 Mar: 3 days for 3rd Party and secretariat to review applications
  • 9 Mar: Announce official candidates to listserv
  • 9-14 Mar: Voting period
  • 14 Mar: Announce the new OP and the alternate OP
  • 14-15 Mar: WMG strategy meeting, New York (we realise that this might be too short notice for you to join if you are not attending CSW64, but we will try and find a solution for this, either via call-in link or other means)
  • 17-20 Mar 2020: civil society forum & RFSD 2020, Geneva
  • Mar- Jul 2020: Transition

Who can vote

You must have been a member of the WMG ECE listserv for longer than a year and agree to the WMG WMG Principles & Values. Each organisation has one vote, and you have to internally decide who will vote on your behalf. Fill in this form to register to vote.

About the selection process

We will strive for a geographic and thematic balance between the two UNECE regional WMG OPs. A third-party will evaluate the applicants based on their expertise, proven record of upholding our principles & values, as well as their WMG ECE listserv membership.