The collective advocacy and research of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is overseen by a team of three staff and several fellows.


Kaavya Asoka

Executive Director

Alexis Fessatidis

Program and Advocacy Manager

Merrite Johnson

Program and Research Manager

Fellowship Program

The Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship, based in New York City, in the office of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is an unpaid fellowship offered to current graduate students or professionals with interest and experience in gender, human rights, and international peace and security issues.

The goal of the fellowship is to engage students and young professionals in civil society efforts to advance the protection of women’s rights, and promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at the international level with a particular focus on the UN Security Council and UN Headquarters.

Fellows conduct research, write policy analysis, and contribute to policy advocacy initiatives on issues across the spectrum of peace and security. The environment is fast-paced with new projects and advocacy opportunities emerging without notice, so fellows should be able to work in a responsive, focused and high-performing manner.

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