SGP Membership

Connect with professionals and advocates working to advance gender justice around the world.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

As a registered member of SGP, you are joining an active global community of academics, activists, advocates and feminists working to advance gender justice around the world. 

Annual registered membership benefits include:

  • Right to vote, nominate or run for annual elections to SGP Secretariat and other co-leadership roles
  • Access to SGP’s semi-annual Membership Meetings
  • Opportunity to launch or co-facilitate an SGP Gender Circle to collaborate with peers in a feminist Community of Practice
  • Co-leadership opportunities in SGP Committees or Circles to promote professional development, knowledge-sharing & networking
  • Platforms to share skills & exchange knowledge collaboratively
    (This could mean co-developing an SGP Gender Café or Focus on Gender podcast, participating in Standing Together co-mentorship programming, or even opportunities to co-create projects of your own!)
  • Connections to diverse feminist networks, jobs, events & calls for participation from around the globe
  • Networks for collaboration through the SGP membership database

See below for details on how to become an SGP member.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

SGP members are based in a variety of contexts and locations around the world.  Instead of a fixed sum or scale for membership dues, we ask you to contribute the equivalent monetary value of a meal at a restaurant in your local context.  

Consider the following examples (expressed in US dollars):
$2 - $15 Cost of a breakfast
$5 - $20 Cost of a lunch
$8 - $50 Cost of a dinner
$50 - $200 Cost of a night out for a family

To keep SGP membership as accessible as possible for diverse feminists around the world, paying dues is not an absolute requirement. If there is any financial barrier to registration, reach out to info@genderprofessionals.org for support processing your annual membership. Additionally, there are no upper limits for dues!

Additionally (or in place of financial payment), members may choose to commit hours of time to rights-based initiatives locally or virtually towards membership dues.
May your Solidarity Initiative hours contribute to feminist movement-building and gender justice across our global communities!

SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE

Feminism calls for solidarity and collective action, locally, intersectionally and transnationally. If we are here, we have some form of privilege, and we hope that we can inspire members to use whatever privilege we may have to contribute to the efforts of feminist organizations promoting gender justice. This concept is the basis for the ‘Solidarity Hours’ component of SGP's membership dues.

How much of your time are you able to donate to gender justice organizations this year? Along with whatever annual membership dues you may choose to pay, SGP asks all new or renewing members to consider pledging 4-40+ Solidarity Hours to any intersectional feminist cause, organization or initiative. And then if you like, you can let us know about how you've fulfilled your SGP Solidarity Hours!

SGP envisions a future where our members’ own organizations and projects can be listed under the ‘Solidarity Hours’ component of our membership dues so that members have the option to contribute their energies towards each others’ initiatives.

Until that's possible, below we have shared some ideas of ways you can contribute time, knowledge, research or amplification as Solidary Hours towards annual SGP membership dues, and ways members can share news about their Solidarity Hours with SGP's networks too:

Support The Pixel Project by sharing about their work and contributing any local resources that are missing in their international listings. You can take a bit of time to learn more about bystander intervention resources, or just follow their feed and re-share Tweets to amplify their messages to reach more survivors of violence.

Contribute writing or editing time or other supports to WikiProject Feminism to help promote and document feminist history and analysis and strengthen the way our stories are told, in any languages Wikipedia supports!

Join the roster of translation volunteers at Translators Without Borders (TWB) if you are able to donate time and a language pair, or other skills that can help TWB in its mission to share critical information across languages in humanitarian and emergency response settings. TWB’s mandate particularly focuses on  translation and localization in minority and underserved languages.

If you are multilingual, follow some of the Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs (SRs) for key resources shared in different UN languages, and help disseminate their calls for inputs, reports, investigative visits and official statements across your language communities. These might be a good place to start:

You can also look up local organizations near you to see what support they welcome, such as  femicide observatories, anti-violence shelters, sexual & reproductive healthcare providers; centres supporting refugees or migrants, underhoused and homeless, youth or 2SLGBTQI+ survivors of violence; or any Indigenous environmental, climate action, or solidarity networks.

And if any current registered member wants to share with SGP’s networks how you are fulfilling Solidarity Hours, fill in this brief form and send along a photo, collage, or any image you own the rights to use, along with a short paragraph. 

Your submission might be featured in our #HumansOfSGP Instagram campaign!

HOW IT WORKS

Step One

Choose a membership dues amount.

Step Two

Pledge volunteer hours for the year.

Step Three

Once the checkout process is complete, fill out your SGP Membership Profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

All members and non-members will have access to SGP’s publicly available resources, including:

  • SGP Community Forum on Facebook
  • Resources shared on SGP social media at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, InstaGram and more
  • Gender Cafés to explore the latest research, emerging theory and innovative tools and techniques with practitioners, academics, and activists

Although many advancements in society require money, we believe that the most valuable and meaningful contributions we can make are the attention, time, and energy we devote to the issues and relationships we care about. Our membership structure reflects these values. We ask members to contribute to the SGP community in two primary ways: annual membership dues and solidarity hours. Annual dues consist of a monetary donation as determined by each member based on their context and means. Solidarity hours consist of a gift of volunteer time, to be available to grassroots organizations around the world that work on issues of gender equality. (The Solidarity Hours program has not yet been formally launched.)

The SGP logo and branding theme were developed by Monica Guzmán at The Magma Lab in collaboration with the SGP Secretariat. The logo was specifically designed using a colour combination that appears on no national flag. The three colours represent the three main groups which SGP seeks to bring together to advance gender justice: academics, activists and practitioners. 

The round shape of the logo represents SGP’s approach to co-leadership, and circular rather than triangular or top-down structures. The circle is also meant to symbolise the face of a clock, with the three lines pointing inwards representing the 11th hour. This timing signifies the urgent nature of our struggle for gender justice, intersecting with movements for climate, social, racial justice and for a sustainable future for all.

SGP Gender Circles are groups of members with common thematic, linguistic, or geographic interests or expertise, who interact on a regular basis as self-organized ‘communities of practice’. Circles are created to facilitate learning from each other, coordinating local or thematic actions, pursuing diverse collaborations, and sharing resources.  

Circles are founded on feminist theory and principles of communities of practice and learning communities. For more information about the formation and operation of Circles, check out the November 2021 Gender Cafe on feminist communities of practice.

Gender Cafés are member-led virtual conversations connecting gender practitioners, academics, and activists to explore and exchange about issues relating to justice and rights from intersectional feminist perspectives.  Focusing on non-hierarchical sharing, questioning, and learning, Gender Cafés are designed to spark new ideas, theories, research, advocacy and social change strategies, collaborations, and networks.

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Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

Former Co-President

Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.