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Graduate Assistantships: Global Access to Information Program

  • Carter Center studies have shown that Liberian women face many challenges to access information in a culture that discourages their engagement. Above, a woman stands in her store in Monrovia, where the Center works to find creative solutions to assure that women can equally enjoy the benefits and power that information provides. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Global Access to Information Program is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2018-2019 session to assist in research, writing, and programming related to advancing the right of access to information for women.

The Carter Center has promoted the passage, implementation, enforcement, and use of the right of access to information for over 18 years. Access to information, entrenched in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is critical for the exercise of civil, political, social, and economic rights, and is instrumental in improving governance, transparency, and accountability. A genuine right of access to information is particularly important for women, as it allows for more effective decisions regarding education, land ownership, business opportunities, and the promotion and protection of other rights. It enables women to participate in public life, have meaningful voice, and hold governments and service providers accountable. Yet, despite over 115 countries enacting access to information legislation and the increased emphasis on transparency, accountability, and participation, the benefits have not reached many women due to the myriad socio-legal, institutional, and structural factors that prevent the meaningful exercise of this right.

To date, little attention has been paid to gender-based information asymmetries and its causes and impacts. The Carter Center undertook a three-country study in Liberia, Guatemala, and Bangladesh on women’s ability to exercise the right to information, and found the existence of significant disparities. Over the past few years, the Center has supported government and civil society stakeholders in these countries to overcome the obstacles facing women in the exercise of this important right that is critical for economic empowerment and the promotion and protection of other rights.

The graduate assistant will conduct research and analysis to advance country programming and gauge impacts as well as provide conference follow-up support. Activities may include:

  • Research on specific topics relevant for country programming, such as access to information and economic empowerment and the promotion of protection of rights, including violence against women.
  • Research on methodologies for assessing impacts of gender-related programming.
  • Research on follow-up and impact of the conference recommendations to advance women’s access to information.
  • Development of a system to track efforts to advance women’s access to information and related impacts.
  • Research and analysis on Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16.10 related to gender equality and access to information implementation respectively.
  • Research on new technologies and tools to assist women in exercising their right of access to information.
  • Draft a scholarly article for publication on Women and the Right of Access to Information, using inputs from the international conference.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program.
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently conduct research.
  • Strong writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework or experience in related fields, such as law, public administration, development, political science, or gender studies.

Compensation: $14/hour

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Graduate Assistantship

Deadlines

ANNUAL: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)
Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30


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