Call for Nominations for a Global Survivors Delegation (GSD), 2022-2023
Supported by the Brave Movement
Deadline: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis
I. Context and Opportunity
The Brave Movement is a new, powerful and global survivor-centred movement to end childhood sexual violence. We envision a world in which children and adolescents grow up free from the threat of sexual violence. The Brave Movement is demanding bold and transformative action from leaders of governments and institutions to rapidly scale comprehensive programs of prevention, healing and justice.
Sexual violence against children and adolescents is an abhorrent global crisis putting children and adolescents at risk everywhere. This preventable scourge threatens the safety and protection of children and adolescents in all our communities.
The newly created survivor-centered global delegation, the Global Survivors Delegation (GSD), is seeking nominations for delegation members who will support and represent survivors on governance structures of global institutions that are aligned with the aim to end childhood sexual violence.
II. The Global Survivors’ Delegation (GSD)
The Global Survivors Delegation (GSD) is a civil soceity community delegation representing the voices of adult survivors of childhood sexual violence. The GSD is seeking nominations for a new delegation of members from the global community of survivors of childhood sexual violence. The GSD is being created with the initial purpose to meaningfully serve on the governance boards of End Violence Partnership and WeProtect Global Alliance.
The delegation will consist of two leadership positions (Chair and Vice Chair) and up to thirteen (13) members who represent the delegation’s broader constituency of adults with lived experience of childhood sexual violence. The leadership is responsible for overseeing the work of the delegation.
Ideally, the Chair and Vice Chair should represent communities of survivors from the Global North and Global South. To protect and ensure principles of equity and fair representation, the terms of delegation leadership will rotate between the Global North and the Global South. In other words, if the Chair is from the Global South and the Vice Chair from the Global North, the principle of rotation will mean that the next term Chair will be represented by a candidate from the Global North, and the Vice Chair from the Global South and vice versa.
The Global Survivors Delegation (GSD)’s mission is to bring the voices of the global survivor community to global governance boards to ensure that strategic decision-making on policy, programming and practice remains transparent, ambitious, and impactful and contributes to prevention, healing and justice for survivor communities with a vision of a world free from all forms of childhood sexual violence.
The core objectives of the GSD are to:
- Ensure that the needs, priorities and concerns of the survivor community from the Global North and Global South are equally represented and firmly embedded in the governance structure of partner organizations/agencies;
- Identify representatives from the GSD who will be recommended to the End Violence Partnership as Board Representatives and alternates (2 Board Representatives, 2 Alternates), and WeProtect Global Alliance (1 Board Representative and an 1 Alternate), who will jointly serve;
- Make significant and meaningful contribution to Board and Board Committee discussions on issues that are of priority importance to the broader survivors’ community;
- Uphold board responsibilities as well as governance policies and procedures of respective global entities where the delegation is represented;
- Establish, preserve and grow the role of community and allied civil society in global governance structures;
- Explore and engage in cross-cutting issues and priorities across the two boards and other global entities;
- Hold international partner agencies to account by ensuring transparency and accountability;
- Ensure that survivor communities are able to contribute to the development of, and have access to funding mechanisms under each international partner organization working to eliminate childhood sexual violence;
- Ensure that global efforts to end childhood sexual violence are mobilized and fully funded.
III. Terms of Engagement
The GSD’s mission is to bring the voices of affected survivor communities from around the world to the governance structures of partner agencies and organizations. Through this role, the delegation commits to upholding the core values of impact, transparency, human rights, engagement, partnership and activism through its work on the boards of partner global entities.
The GSD seeks individual nominations to participate on the GSD during 2022-end of 2023 an interim basis in spring and fall 2022-2023 board meetings. Calls for nominations for full-term delegation members will be held in the summer-fall 2022.
Values and Community Agreements
The delegation forms both a community and a culture. This means that the group is grounded in healing and political action. While a more detailed Ways of Working Guidance document is currently under development, core principles are clear and aim to challenge ourselves as individuals and delegation members, and to support each other while acknowledging that all members and constituencies come from different places of knowing and transforming.
- Safety and everyone’s responsibility to create safe spaces
- Human dignity
- Respect for others and their opinions
- Curiosity, challenging assumptions, and a drive for change-making
- Personal accountability
In the unlikely event that a member of the delegation does not adhere to these values or terms of engagement, the delegation Chair and Vice Chair will consult with all relevant stakeholders to assess potential action up to and including immediate removal from the delegation.
Delegation members work in close coordination and communication with the Chair and Vice Chair to represent, protect and advance the interests and priorities of the delegation, which are grounded in the priorities and interests of the broader global community of survivors.
In the unlikely event that the Chair or Vice Chair do not adhere to these general principles of engagement (in the absence of a formalized, delegation approved Ways of Working guidance document), or fail to fulfill their duties in a timely manner, members of the delegation are able to raise concerns with the Global Governance Expert and/or the leadership of the host organization (The Brave Movement) to assess potential action, up to and including termination of their leadership position and removal from the Global Survivors’ Delegation.
Delegation members support the on-going work of the delegation by providing input, advice and expert analysis on issues facing the global governance structures and standing board committees across the board calendars.
Members collaboratively set delegation priorities and identify key advocacy moments. Together, they develop strategies for advancing the interests of the global survivors’ movement. This means that delegation members are actively engaged in-lead up to, during and following global board meetings to lobby other delegations and build support for the positions of the delegation on relevant policy, programming and practice issues that are up for board discussion.
Members are required to provide insight and share intel on political developments in their home countries as they relate to ending childhood sexual violence.
Importantly, delegation membership is tied to individuals, not organizations. This means that members do not represent the view(s) or position(s) of their organization. Delegation positions draw on the expertise and experience of the survivor community and will only represent broad constituency voices.
Individuals are eligible to apply for interim delegation membership upon obtaining a letter of support from an allied community or civil society organization/network/coalition.
IV. Responsibilities of Delegation Members
The responsibilities of delegations members include:
- Participate in regular bi-weekly online meetings to discuss and jointly develop delegation priorities and positions on Board related issues;
- Lead and/or actively contribute to delegation deliberations on issue-specific working groups via online meeting platforms (e.g. Zoom);
- Where possible, attend (online) board meetings, and support the collaborative development of delegation positions, lobbying strategies, and draft talking points, written statements and analyses on issues up for discussion and approval at board-level;
- Read and provide written input and analysis on all relevant board documents prior to all Board and board/committee-related meetings;
- Consult with and report back to a broader community of survivors and allied non-governmental organizations with mandates to end childhood sexual violence, such as the SAGE, the Phoenix 11, the Global Survivors Mobilization Task Force, the G7 Survivors Mobilization Task Force, and/or through other mechanisms;
- Build and maintain relationships with other Board delegations and Secretariat staff of global partner entities during and between Board meetings.
V. Time Commitment
Time commitment depends on each board calendar. Generally, delegation members should anticipate 5-10% of their time (2-4 hours a week) to the delegation. Most of this will be for regular delegation calls. In the weeks leading into Board and other Board-related meetings, members should expect an increase in time to 20% (10 hours per week) in order to review and provide input on board and/or board-related documents.
Should (interim) delegation members be able to attend Board meetings online, members should anticipate 3 full days of delegation time. This time reflects the anticipated level of effort necessary to develop delegation priorities, positions, lobby efforts, conduct side-meetings with other board delegations, as well as develop written statements and Board talking points.
Anticipated global partner Board Meeting dates are:
⇒ June 2022 (WeProtect Global Alliance and the 2022 Global Summit in Brussels)
⇒ September 2022 (End Violence Partnership)
VI. Financial Support
We expect that travel costs will be covered by the End Violence Partnership and WeProtect Global Alliance respectively for attending in person Board-related Meetings. A limited amount of funding is being contributed by the brave movement as the host organization for GSG activities and reporting. Membership is largely voluntary and therefore unpaid, unless your time spent on GSD work can be supported by your/an affiliated organization.
Candidates nominated to serve on the Global Survivors Delegation should have the following qualifications:
- Survivor leaders who experienced sexual violence in childhood or adolescence, have already publicly come out as survivors, and have the necessary support in their lives to engage in activism;
- Representatives of various forms of sexual violence against children and adolescents, e.g., clerical, sports programs, incest/intrafamilial rape, online, etc.;
- An in-depth knowledge of the issues surrounding childhood sexual violence;
- An understanding of the scope of work of the WeProtect Global Alliance, and the End Violence Partnership, their missions, and the opportunities they present to advance efforts to end childhood
- An understanding of survivor issues, interests and priorities in ending childhood sexual violence; Survivor leaders with a proven track record of success, and who are actively engaged in advocacy efforts, and who are representing themselves/their organizations OR other survivor networks;
- A minimum of 3-years of experience in front-line non-governmental service delivery with and for communities of survivors of childhood sexual violence;
- Policy and advocacy experience is an asset;
- Gender sensitivity and deep understanding of anti-oppression frameworks;
- Ability to work in written and spoken English (any additional languages are an asset but not a requirement);
- The capacity and ability to commit adequate time to the delegation, as outlined above.
Interested candidates should send the following as a single Word or PDF file:
- Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
- Maximum 1-page narrative letter of intent outlining:
- The applicant’s understanding of and experience with the global/national/regional survivors’ movement and their vision for the future;
- Their specific capabilities and insight they feel they could bring to the delegation’s work (e.g., lived experience, technical expertise, linkages with survivor communities at local/country/regional/global levels)
- One (1) letter of reference (1-page):
- Letter should be from the applicant’s affiliated organization, or an affiliated organization agreeing to support them (and travel, where necessary and if appropriate);
- Letter of reference must be signed and on organizational letterhead.
- Applicants may be invited to participate in a telephone/Zoom interview conducted by the Selection Committee of the delegation.
Applications should be submitted to GSD@bravemovement.org