WHRI 2019 in Review

We are happy to share this short video with you highlighting our activities in 2019, executed with an amazing array of partners and attended by inspiring women leaders from around the world. 

In 2019, we offered a range of blended online & in-person capacity building programs, attended by more than 50 women’s human rights advocates originating from more than 30 countries and indigenous nations or communities.  Our facilitation teams are composed of diverse women’s human rights experts from around the world who bring firsthand knowledge of feminist women’s human rights theory and activism.

Our major activities included:

CEDAW for Change Institute in Toronto

Offered in collaboration with the International Human Rights Program of the University of Toronto law school – June 2019

CEDAW South to South Institute in Trinidad & Tobago

Offered in collaboration with the CEDAW Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality – July 2019

Women’s Human Rights in Times of Crisis Institute, Quito

Offered in Spanish in collaboration with the Colectiva IxPop of Guatemala and the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Quito, Ecuador.  Scholarships for this program were reserved for women from Indigenous communities in Latin America. – August 2019

Convening: CEDAW General Recommendation on the Rights of Indigenous Women

The program in Quito was followed by a one-day convening of 60+ Indigenous women from Spanish-speaking Latin America co-organized with Colectiva IxPop and other collaborators to disseminate information about and input for the ongoing movement for a CEDAW General Recommendation on the rights of Indigenous Women.   CEDAW Committee member Gladys Acosta and UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls expert member Alda Facio participated in this informal consultation and call to action.


Due to the global COVID-19 crisis, we have postponed our in-person programs into 2021.  We will be offering online learning programs later in 2020, keep an eye on our website for details:  www.learnwhr.org

UN WGDAWG: COVID-19 and Discrimination Against Women and Girls

Statement from the UN WGDAWG: “Responses to Covid-19 could exacerbate pre-existing and deeply entrenched discrimination against women and girls” A message from WHRI Founder and Academic Director Alda Facio, expert member of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls (WGDAWG). I am very pleased to present to you the press release and …

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