CEDAW for Change in Oxford – Sept 2017

Are you a changemaker?  A feminist activist, scholar, community organizer?  Are you ready to join other transnational women’s human rights defenders in using CEDAW, the UN Women’s Convention, as a tool for analysis, activism, and scholarship?

CEDAW for Change Institute, Oxford, UK: September 25 – 30, 2017

Learn about CEDAW from a feminist activist perspective in the idyllic setting of Oxford University with the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, offered in partnership with the Women’s Solidarity Fund and the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.  Supported by the Channel Foundation and Open Society Foundations.

Directed by Costa Rican feminist jurist and Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women, Alda Facio, the WHRI has been offering activist-oriented training on CEDAW at the University of Toronto and internationally since 2004.  This program focusses on developing a practical understanding of CEDAW as a living framework for women’s human rights.  The course is activist in orientation, looking at how CEDAW can be used as an analytical framework and a practical tool for advancing feminist advocacy, and the role and importance of CEDAW within the context of transnational feminist organizing.  The role of civil society, including activists and scholars, will be emphasized.

Apply for this program online here.

Program Information

Duration:  This program involves a short online learning component prior to the in-person workshop, starting in early September.  The in-person workshop is held from Monday, Sept 25th until midday Saturday, Sept 30th, 2017.

Facilitation team:  The course is facilitated by Alda Facio and WHRI ED Angela Lytle.  Guest facilitators include Anna Arutshyan of the Women’s Solidarity Fund, others TBA.  Find out more here.

Participants:  Maximum enrollment is 30 participants.  The course does not presuppose a background in CEDAW and women’s human rights.  The program is relevant to women’s human rights defenders from diverse backgrounds who want to incorporate CEDAW into their work promoting women’s rights and gender equality.  The course is not limited to women.

Course Fees:  The complete course fee for the CEDAW one week institute is $1400 USD. A discounted rate of $1000 USD is available for full-time students, unwaged participants and participants from organizations with an annual budget of less than $80,000 USD.  Please note that the course fee covers participation in the program, the online preparatory program, and course materials.  It does not cover travel or accommodations, which are the participant’s responsibility. Please see information on the website:  http://learnwhr.org/registration/scholarships/

Location: Classes will be held on site at the Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) at the University of Oxford, located at Norham Gardens, Oxford, UK, OX2 6QA.

Budget & Accommodations

We have compiled some information to help you plan your budget for the duration of the institute. Please see below for full information on booking accommodations in Oxford and other costs for the duration of the program. We suggest at least $30-50 USD/day for food and incidentals while in Oxford.  Note that meals are not provided with the program.

We regret that we are unable to book accommodations directly for participants.   

Note that the course starts on the morning of Mon, Sept 25th (requiring international arrival on Sept 24th, most likely) and the final day of the course on Sat, Sept 30th will end before noon, enabling departures on that date.

Please see information on the website:  http://learnwhr.org/registration/visa-accommodations/

Accommodations nearby:


University of Oxford student residences may be available for short-term stays. You can arrange a booking directly with the residence of your choice. Costs range depending on the residence and duration of stay.  Inquire early, as these accommodations fill quickly.

General info on residences at University of Oxford can be found here: http://www.universityrooms.com/

For Bed and Breakfast options, you can check at http://www.oxfordbedbreakfast.co.uk

This option would provide with the opportunity to choose accommodation option in the areas of Summertown and Oxford City Centre. Please, note that Oxford is not massively big and many of the colleges are from walking distances from each other. Most B&B rates would vary from approx. $95-200 USD/night for single occupancy.

Airbnb. www.Airbnb.com offers 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.

Additional possibilities:

http://www.oxfordbedbreakfast.co.uk/ – This site compares B&Bs in Oxford


http://rightonproperty.co.uk/ – Short let fully furnished and equipped properties

http://www.weeklyhome.com/city-overview/oxford – Weekly Home short-let accommodation which is furnished and serviced.

http://www.yha.org.uk/ – Oxford Youth Hostel

http://experienceoxfordshire.org/stay/ – Has details of a variety of accommodation – mostly short stay

http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/oxford/home_accommodation.html – Information on hotels, guesthouses and letting agents in Oxford.

http://www.abodesofoxford.com/ – Bed and Breakfasts in Oxford (+441865 435229)

For additional information, visit the main website:  www.learnwhr.org

Or get in touch with us at info@learnwhr.org