CEDAW for Change Oxford Institute – 2021

CEDAW for Change Institute – Oxford, United Kingdom – June 1-6, 2020 + online learning component

This program has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation and will be rescheduled accordingly. 

This intensive capacity-building institute focusses on feminist activist approaches to CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, alongside complementary international and regional human rights frameworks and mechanisms to support strategic advocacy and leadership capacities amongst women’s human rights defenders.

Innovative approaches to combatting intersectional discrimination against women in a context of backlash and processes to support cross-movement and cross-regional alliances will be explored with international women’s human rights defenders and leaders.

Learn about CEDAW as a revolutionary framework for social change!  Enhance your skills as a women’s human rights defender!   Join us!

The CEDAW for Change Institute is facilitated by a team of international women’s human rights experts:

Alda Facio, WHRI Co-founder, Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist, Special Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls (UN WGDAW)
Angela Lytle, WHRI Executive Director
Anna Arutshyan, WSF Co-founder

Special Guests:
Meskerem Geset Techane, Chair, UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls

Urmila Bhoola, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

Kenita Placide, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE)

Read more about our team of facilitators here and here.

The CEDAW for Change Institute is convened by the Women’s Human Rights Institute with partner organizations bringing a broad range of theoretical and field expertise to the program, including:




Read more about each partner organization here.

This program is generously supported by Open Society Foundations & the Channel Foundation.

We are pleased to have a limited number of full fellowships (tuition & travel) for women’s human rights defenders from the Eurasian region, funded by Open Society Foundations, as well as a number of tuition-only scholarships and discounts for qualified applicants supported annually by the Channel Foundation.   The application period for fellowships and scholarships was from Dec 1 to January 10th, and is now closed.

Check out the highlights of our first program in Oxford held in 2017:

The program is transnational in focus, and women’s human rights defenders from around the world are encouraged to participate to promote knowledge-sharing and transnational solidarity-building!

2020 Program Information – CEDAW for Change Institute, Oxford:

This is a blended learning program involving an online component and an in-class session.  The online program will launch in early May, and continue after the in-person training program.  The in-person session runs from June 1-6, 2020.

The 2020 program will be held in the historic city of Oxford, at Somerville College of Oxford University and the Law School at Headington Hall Hill, Oxford Brookes University, in the United Kingdom.

Tuition Framework:

Tuition: $2000 USD/approx 1500 GBP (International/funded participant/waged)

Discounted tuition: $1500 USD/approx 1150 GBP (Underwaged/ supported by organizations with annual budget of $80,000 USD or less)

Program fees cover the cost of participation in the 4 week online learning and 1 week in-person capacity building program, as well as personalized feedback on post-training action plans.  Please note that all other expenses, including travel and accommodations, are separate from tuition and must be paid directly by program participants.

See below for information about discounts and scholarship possibilities.










Application Process

Application Process

To be considered for the program, you must first submit an online application.  Once your application has been reviewed, we will be in touch. If you have reasonable grounds to request a discount, please see the details below.  

Application Form

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but decisions will be made during specific time windows, until the course is full.  You can expect to hear back about your application on the following schedule:

  • First round of acceptances:  after December 1st
  • Second round of acceptances:  after January 10th
  • Third round of acceptances:  after Feb 10th (if space allows)

Note: Our first program at Oxford University in 2017 generated a lot of interest – we expect the program to fill up fairly quickly, so please plan accordingly.







Payment Deadlines

Payment Deadlines

Once you have received an acceptance to the program, you must pay a deposit to guarantee your space in the program, as space is limited.  We recommend submitting payment immediately upon acceptance to avoid disappointment. Payment deadlines and amounts are as follows:

Immediately: $300 USD deposit due to guarantee space in the course. Deposit refundable minus $150 USD administration fee and reverse wire transfer costs only before April 1, 2020.  Payment must be made by international wire transfer, details will be provided.

By April 1, 2020: Full payment is due. 



CEDAW for Change Institute Discounted rate: Unwaged participants, full-time students and staff of women’s organizations with an annual budget of less than USD $80,000 may be eligible for the discounted tuition rate of $1500 USD.

Requests for discounts will be considered on a case by case basis, but please bear in mind that fees are charged in order to help us cover expenses and support the sustainability of this program. We do our best to make it accessible.  We are also happy to work out a payment plan schedule that works for you.

Discounts may be available for multiple participants from the same/affiliated organizations—inquire by email if this applies to you.

Please note: Past applicants’ experience with funders has been that they only fund people working within organizations, not independent individuals, and they often only give funds to their current funding recipients. Thus, we suggest you approach your own funder(s) and think creatively for fundraising—you may have success in finding local patrons to support you, some embassies offer funds, some unions, etc.   Many people find success with GoFundMe campaigns or other online fundraising tools. We are happy to provide documentation to assist you in your fundraising.









The application period for Eurasian Region Fellowships and general tuition scholarships is now CLOSED.

Eurasian Region Fellowships: Women’s Solidarity Fund (WSF) with support of Open Society Foundations (OSF) is pleased to provide a number of funded fellowships (tuition+travel+accommodations) for applicants from the Eurasian region (see eligible countries below) who clearly demonstrate a deep commitment to using CEDAW to make social change for women in their respective communities/countries. To be eligible you must be a citizen or full-time resident of: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova (Central Europe), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia (South Caucasus), and Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (Central Asia).

Tuition scholarships:  a limited number of tuition scholarships (no travel support) will be available through a competitive application process for women’s human rights defenders from the Global South.  Scholarship allocation prioritizes under-represented groups of women and applicants who are well-positioned to make an impact in their communities and organizations.  Note that scholarships do not include travel or other costs, only the cost of tuition for the program, and are not generally available for persons working in large, well-funded organizations that can access funds to support training and capacity-building.  If selected, you must demonstrate that you will be able to cover ancillary expenses to attend the program.

NOTE:  the application period for fellowships and tuition scholarships was open between December 1st 2019 to January 10th 2020, and is now closed.  Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application closing date.

Accommodations & Local Information

Planning – Accommodations & Budgeting

Please note that the cost of tuition does not include accommodation or travel costs.  We regret that we cannot make bookings on your behalf.  Oxford has many accommodation options at a variety of price ranges.  We strongly recommend booking early so that you can find something in your budget range.


Dates:  The program runs from June 1 – 6, so you will need to arrive in Oxford by May 31st and the earliest to depart would be June 7.

Important Information:

Classes will be held between two locations in Oxford:  Somerville College, and Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus.  Somerville is located fairly centrally in Oxford, and Oxford Brookes is a bus ride from central Oxford.  Find the location of each on the map below:


http://nooc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies http://nooc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies
North Oxford Overseas Centre:

– Offers rooms with shared kitchen area and shared bathroom for about $30-40 USD/night for short term stays. If you wish to contact them to reserve a room you can contact them through their website or phone them at (+44) 01865 311 277.

– Please confirm the rates as they may fluctuate slightly from summer to summer. North Oxford Overseas Centre tends to fill up quickly, so do book early. Also, please note that booking is open no earlier than 3 months before the requested time.

2.       HOSTELS
There are other private student options and one such is YHA Oxford, available on:

https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-oxford and https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-oxford

 Few examples of hostels: 

PRICE RANGE:  up to £127 per night

Oxford Backpackers:




PRICE RANGE: £127-254 per night

Hampton by Hilton Oxford:


Valentia Lodge Short Stays Oxford:



For Bed and Breakfast options, you can check at https://www.booking.com/bed-and-breakfast/city/gb/oxford.en-gb.html or/and https://www.bedandbreakfast.eu/bed-and-breakfast/oxford/united-kingdom/c2640729


PRICE RANGE: £ 80-100

Oxford Guest House: https://www.theoxfordguesthouse.co.uk/

PRICE RANGE: £ 90-110 per night

Heather House Bed and Breakfast



4.      AIRBNB
 www.Airbnb.com and http://www.airbnb.com/ offer private listings of short-term rentals all over the city. You are sure to find something suited for you either in a shared house or a whole apartment at rates comparable to a hostel or hotel.


Points to consider

  • As you make your bookings, please take note of your arrival and departure dates to avoid any inconveniences.  Classes start on June 1, so arrive by May 31st.  We finish on June 6 in the evening, so the earliest departure would be June 7th.
  • As the course will take place in two venues, you may opt to stay at a central location which will allow you to move freely. However, this should not be a major concern as there is efficient public transport around Oxford.

Budgeting for your stay:

 Your costs to participate in the program beyond tuition will depend on your location and other factors, but please budget for the following: 

  • Approx. 40-50 pounds per day for meals and incidentals (You can save costs by shopping at a nearby grocery store rather than eating only in restaurants)
  • Accommodation costs – will vary depending on whether you find room lodgings, use AirBNB, or book a local hotel.  A map and info on the area is available on the Somerville College website:  click here
  • Personal travel medical insurance for non-residents of the UK (purchase in your home country)
  • Visa fees, if you require a visa to enter the UK
  • Flight from your place of origin to London – Heathrow or Gatwick airport
  • Local transportation costs:  return bus between Heathrow or Gatwick airport in London and Oxford  (25-30 pounds each way)

Local Information

Oxford is a beautiful historical town in southern England rich with history and interesting sites.  The city was founded in the 9th century, and Oxford University was founded in the 12th century, resulting in a magical city with medieval architecture and picturesque surroundings.

For information about the climate, history and tourism-related information, see here.

Our program will tap into local history and culture through a guided feminist/suffrage history tour of Oxford, included as part of the program.  There are many other local historical and cultural attractions to access during your stay.















Getting to Oxford

The closest airports to Oxford are those that service London: Heathrow and Gatwick airports.   To travel to Oxford from the airport or from London:

Travel by Bus

If you are travelling internationally the Airline operates through the day and night, linking Oxford with
Heathrow and Gatwick airports:

Oxford’s central bus station is located at Gloucester Green, George Street, and facilitates local and
national services including National Express and Stagecoach:

The Oxford Tube and X90 both offer a direct, frequent coach link to central London:

Visa Information

Visa Information 

Please be aware that a visa for the United Kingdom may be required. Participant visa processes can take one – two months, or even longer, and require much supporting documentation. In the past, visa delays have forced some participants to arrive late and have caused others to miss the Institute altogether. PLEASE APPLY FOR YOUR VISA EARLY.

  • Once we accept your application, we will provide you with a visa support letter, but you must find out from your nearest UK consulate or embassy what documents and procedure are required—it may require you to gather many documents on your end.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • Two recent passport photos are usually required. Make sure these photos meet the requirements as outlined on the website.
  • You must provide proof that you have enough money for your visit abroad. The amount of money may vary, depending on the circumstances for your visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives. You can get more information from the visa office in your country or region.
  • You will need to include other documents. These documents could be: identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from your hosts, or a proposed itinerary. Check the website of the visa office responsible for the country or region where you live for more information.
  • Other information related to your ties to your home country, such as marital status, children if any, family ties, property ownership, can be helpful
  • If you have traveled abroad previously, please include information on past visas as demonstrating travel history can be helpful to your application
  • Be aware when you book your flight that a transit visa may be required for transfers or stopovers, for example, if your flights connects via the US or a European airport.  Check carefully to avoid problems.

For any additional questions about this program, please contact our Communications Officer, Juliana, at applications@learnwhr.org