Our Vision

The Four Pillars of the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute are:

1. CEDAW: Women’s Human Rights Theory, Praxis, and Activism

  • Understanding the basic notions and principles of international human rights law and practice
  • The herstory and development of the international women’s human rights movement
  • Understanding the core provisions and application of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Use of CEDAW as an analytical framework to explore multiple women’s human rights issues
  • Looking at the jurisprudence of the CEDAW Committee, as well as NGO activism using CEDAW
  • Using CEDAW as a visionary tool to promote and move towards the realization of women’s human rights in reality

2. Feminist Frameworks

  • Understanding patriarchal paradigms–structures of violence and oppression
  • Reading human rights from a feminist perspective
  • Feminist movement & WHR
  • Intersectionality – diversity and commonality amongst women
  • Feminisms:  diverse viewpoints, theories and practices
  • Feminist methodologies and analysis
  • Collaborative feminist knowledge-building

3. Human Rights Education, Teaching and Learning

  • Theoretical and practical approaches to education and training on human rights
  • Development of interactive ways to support learning about women’s human rights in a variety of contexts
  • Workshop planning and facilitation skills
  • Participatory exploration of training and education techniques

4. Living Our Rights: Relationships, Self-care and Sustainability

  • Protection of human rights defenders and activist sustainability
  • The interrelated nature of rights
    • Human rights are experienced in the body, not just abstractions
  • Reclaiming the body:  wellness and self-care as a political and personal act
  • Human Rights as how we live: conscious communication & conflict resolution; unravelling our internalized patriarchy and colonization; collaboration and effective group work