The WHRI Intensive educational institute is a unique space for learning about the theory and praxis of women’s human rights, preparing participants to use the UN system and the CEDAW convention to support local, national and international level activism. Participants develop facilitation and planning skills to engage in executing workshops and training for others on women’s human rights,and explore women’s human rights as a visionary framework for integrative social, collective, and individual change.Learn More →
The CEDAW for Change Institute is a 7-day educational institute focussed on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and its core principles of non-discrimination and substantive equality. Participants engage in in-depth learning of the theoretical and analytical frame of the Convention, and examine case studies that have come before CEDAW and strategize on how to link their work to that of the CEDAW committee.Learn More →
Throughout the year, we also offer workshops for educators on human rights education, engage in training on CEDAW and WHRI with partner organizations, and Alda Facio offers many trainings worldwide. We also have a group of skilled international facilitators available for consulting and workshop facilitation.
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At my current position in the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, an NGO in Sri Lanka, I utilize much of the knowledge gained through the course. For example, in researching the criminal justice systems of the countries of South Asia, I have been enriched by my knowledge of international human rights instruments and standards gleaned through the course. These instruments, such as the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, form an international standard by which I have analyzed the justice systems of these countries. Also, I have been able to look at the human rights regime in Sri Lanka through a gendered lens gained through the instruction of Alda Facio. This gendered perspective will be useful in my later work in law school as well.
I knew really very little about the UN and international women’s human rights before the institute, and now I understand: UN mechanisms, the CEDAW, the Optional Protocol, UN Special Rapporteurs, UN bodies and a lot more about international law generally. This is all very useful for my work. Learning about capitalism, globalization and neocolonialism with Dr. Angela Miles was very important because it helped me to put everything in context and to make links for resisting oppression against women. The yoga sessions, working with the body and looking at the body as political, were very important for me. Linking the body with human rights and with all the other issues was very powerful and changed my way of thinking.
One of my first projects as an intern at the Mongolian Gender Equality Centre was to develop and produce a gender equality informational pamphlet and poster that would be directed at university students in Ulaanbaatar. The feminist and human rights theory I learned during the institute served as an incredibly helpful foundation for this project and the group discussions we had about effective and creative strategies and methods for communicating and sharing these ideas and encouraging dialogue greatly influenced my approach to the project. Having just recently completed the institute, I was so excited to be able to share some of what I’d learned with MGEC and to use CEDAW as a tool for change in collaboration with other women’s organizations in Mongolia.