IWRAW Asia Pacific’s unpaid internship programme offers successful applicants exposure to a range of women's human rights issues and knowledge on CEDAW and related treaty bodies. Interns will also be able to gain research, advocacy and/or organising skills. Depending on the duration and timing of the internship, we also usually provide interns with a chance to gain hands-on experience through involvement in one of our trainings.

In general, the intern is expected to contribute to areas of work relevant to the objectives and strategies of the organization. This may involve the intern developing position papers on various issues relating to women’s rights; undertaking research, collation and analysis of cases and principles; and contributing to trainings/meetings/consultations in various ways. Some of the possible substantive areas that the interns may be asked to work on are:

- Rights based approach to development in the Global era

- Work to promote understanding and use of CEDAW and the Optional Protocol to CEDAW (including the application of CEDAW to new and emerging human rights issues)

- Integrating and implementing international human rights through national mechanisms

- Thematic areas including migration, resistance to women’s human rights from cultural factors, the issues of women affected by conflict, sexual orientation and gender identity and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and justiciability of ESCR rights

- Development of tools to support various CEDAW strategies including legal resources

To inquire about internship opportunities, please write to us at





Daisy-May Carty Cowling

Daisy-May obtained a double degree in Law and Politics in 2012 and is currently in her last stages of completing Masters of Human Rights Law, focusing specifically on the rights of women. Daisy-May has undertaken a variety of different volunteer positions over the years including placements at community legal centers and refugee advocacy groups.

Angela Stoler

Angela is an Australian lawyer who holds an LLB (Hons) and a BA from the University of Melbourne. She practices employment and industrial relations law in melbourne, which includes work on domestic discrimination and human rights issues. She is currently completing a graduate degree in business and an LLM. Angela has strong interest in feminist legal theory, international women's rights and business and human rights.


Melissa Tan

Melissa Tan is a rising senior at Connecticut College studying philosophy, English and human rights. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires through the School for International Training's Social Movements and Human Rights program and conducted an independent research project on feminist organizations in Argentina. She is currently supporting the 58th Global to Local  programme in Geneva. 

Sally Harris

Sally is currently studying a double degree in law and international studies at Monash University. Whilst undertaking her studies she has interned with an anti-corruption NGO in Phnom Penh, written legal publications at the Victoria Law Foundation and worked with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She will be participating in the From Global to Local Programme in Geneva in February 2014.  


Breta Olsen
Breta is a JD candidate at New York University Law School. She received her BA with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Languages and Cultures of Asia and International Studies. During her junior year, she was a Boren Scholar at Chiang Mai University in Thailand where she performed a field work project on women’s human rights NGOs in Thailand. She received her MSc from SOAS in Asian Politics. In between her graduate studies and law school, she worked for the US Department of Defense at the National Defense University’s International Student Management Office.


Leah O 'Keefe

Leah O'Keefe is a student from the University of Monash, law school. She supported the programme team for the From Global to Local programme in Geneva.

Inn Young Park

Inn Young joined us in summer of 2012.She is a JD cancidate at New York Universiy Law School and supported the programme staff with the Globalto Local programme.


Alifa Bandali
Alifa is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  She joined us in her second year of her Masters, where her primary focus is on women's human rights in Asia.  She is interning with IWRAW Asia Pacific, assisting with the Local to Global programme taking place in Geneva in October 2010.

Alice Huling
Alice is a JD Candidate from the New York University law School. At the law school, she is currently involved in a volunteer project with UNIFEM, focusing on gender policies in the African Union. In IWRAW AP she supported with the From Global to Local Programme


Alicia Dibbets
Alicia is from Netherlands. She worked previously with CLADEM-Peru and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights as well as the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO). Her interests are in economic social and cultural rights.

Mitch Teberg, MA
A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, he participated in an off-campus MA Program in Sri Lanka and in 2008 he completed a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from the SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. His thesis, Obstacles and Approaches to Gender Equality in Sri Lanka, utilizes Sarah Longwe’s Women’s Empowerment Framework. As a professional Trainer, Practitioner and Consultant, he has extensive experience in South and SE Asia since 2005 in the fields of Community Development, Fair Trade, Women's Rights, Gender Mainstreaming, and Organizational Development. During his time at IWRAW he conducted and External Evaluation of the Global to Local Training Program and designed the framework for a Monitoring and Evaluation System.

Carly Price
Carly was our intern from December 2008- February 2009 from the University of Monash Castan Human Rights Law Centre. She joined us in her 2nd year of law school and supported out Global to Local activities in early 2009.

INTERNS FROM 2002-2008

Connie Tse
Bachelor of Arts in History, Yale University, 2002. Currently a law student at New York University, she is at IWRAW Asia Pacific from June – August 2008 as part of the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice summer fellowship programme, where she is working on a paper on CEDAW and women's disability rights and monitoring the use of CEDAW in the UN Universal Periodic Review process. Between college and law school, Connie worked as an advocate for domestic violence survivors in New York and on development programs in South Asia and Africa at Oxfam Hong Kong. At NYU, she is a board member of the Asia Law Society and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Meredith Kennedy
Meredith is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts, with History major and French minor, and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service, Victoria. Meredith is a Castan Centre for Human Rights intern who joined IWRAW-AP from December 2007 to February 2008. During her time at IWRAW-AP she has focused on re-drafting the Lawyers Training Manual. She has also worked on a paper concerning Australia’s family law reforms and their compliance with CEDAW.

Julia Barry
Graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2006 with a B.A. in International Relations, where she wrote her senior honors thesis on the empirical efficacy of the CEDAW treaty. Currently a law student at New York University, Julia has joined IWRAW Asia Pacific for the summer of 2007 as an International Law and Human Rights Student Fellow through NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. As an IWRAW intern, she is re-drafting the Global to Local Training Programme to aid NGOs in the UN reporting process. At NYU, Julia is an active member of Law Students for Human Rights, the International Law Society, and the Battered Women’s Project.

Rachael Hopkins
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Women’s Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Rachael is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, and volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service, Victoria. Rachael was an intern at IWRAW Asia Pacific from December 2006 to February 2007 as part of the Castan Centre for Human Rights internship programme at Monash University. During her time at IWRAW Asia Pacific, she completed a paper on reservations to CEDAW, and religion, culture and tradition. The paper focuses on how religion, culture and tradition can significantly impede a women's ability to enjoy and exercise fundamental rights, and how to effect positive change.

Jennifer S. Hainsfurther
B.A. Political Science and Women's Studies from Duke University, with honours. Currently an Institute of International Law and Justice Scholar at NYU, where she will get her Juris Doctor and LLM in international law. She is at IWRAW Asia Pacific from June-August 2006 as part of the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice summer fellowship programme and will work on a paper on the strengthening of rights in the areas of globalisation, trade and migration. At NYU, she is a board member of Law Women and the Unemployment Action Center

Rubiahna Vaughn
Bachelors from Stanford University in Human Biology, with Interdisciplinary Honors in Latin American Studies and a minor in African and African American Studies. Rubiahna was a 2005-2006 Henry Luce Scholar in Malaysia with special attachment to the Health Research Development Unit of Universiti Malaya. She is currently working on a paper on CEDAW and women’s right to health at IWRAW Asia Pacific. Upon her return to the United States, she will begin her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University with a concentration in Sociomedical Sciences.

Jaime Kelly
Joint B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science, a minor in International Development Studies, and graduated with honours from McGill University in 2000. Currently, Jaime is finishing a Master's in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Relations while pursuing a certificate in Advanced Studies in Conflict Resolution at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She focuses on non-profit management, intercultural communication and negotiation, and applied dispute resolution and conflict management with a regional focus on East Asia. She is also Associate Coordinator of the Syracuse University Conflict Management Center (2004-5).

Elizabeth Sepper
B.A. from Boston University in history, summa cum laude, with minors in French and Italian in 2002. A second year law student at New York University School of Law, Liz is a junior fellow in the Institute of International Law and Justice at NYU where she will work on a LLM. in international law after receiving her Juris Doctor. She plans to focus on immigration and human rights on an international as well as domestic basis. At NYU, she is also involved with Law Students for Human Rights and the Mediation Organization

Mante Molepo
B.A. Honours, Law and Political Science, concentration in International Relations, Carleton University. Currently enrolled at McGill University Faculty of Law completing a BCL/LLB. Her area of interest is in international trade and development. Mante worked for four years with the federal government of Canada. She is a member of the McGill Faculty of Law Human Rights Working Group and chair of the AIDS Charity Ball Committee which is raising funds to provide treatment drugs to HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa.

Esther Farkas
B.A. History, Minor in Political Science, Duke University. Currently enrolled in University of Michigan Law School. Esther has worked for White and Case LLP and the European Roma Rights Center, an international human rights law firm in Budapest, Hungary. She is a board member of the University of Michigan Law School's International Law Society and associate editor for the University of Michigan Law Review. She assisted IWRAW Asia Pacific in the drafting of our organisational position paper for the Open-Ended Working Group on the OP-ICESCR (July-August 2003)

Lauren Weisskirk
Lauren is in her final year of undergraduate studies in political science and literature at Claremont McKenna College, where she is a former board member of the Claremont Women's Forum and a McKenna Scholar. During her one month (July) in Malaysia, she interned at both Women's Aid Organisation and IWRAW Asia Pacific

Cathy Corbett
B.A. in Historical Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University (England); and M.A. Understanding and Securing Human Rights, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London (England). Cathy has worked as a volunteer with the Catholic Development NGO, CAFOD in London and interned with IWRAW Asia Pacific from October 2002 to April 2003.

Stephanie Barker
Student from the University of Michigan Law School. Served as president of the University of Michigan Women Law Students' Association. Interned with IWRAW Asia Pacific in July 2002 and assisted in research and preparatory work for the South Asia Regional Consultation on CEDAW, held in Sri Lanka in September 2002

Brenda M. Campbell
1998, LLB Common and Civil Law with French, Queen's University, Belfast. 2002, Graduate of the Inns of Court, School of Law, Gray's Inn, London. Called to the Bar of England and Wales, July 2002. Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, November 2002. Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She undertook an internship with IWRAW Asia Pacific between June and October 2002. She is currently practicing at the Northern Irish Bar.