ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program 2020

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Application Deadline: December 1st 2019

ISHR is calling for applications for its flagship Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme in 2020 – the extensive training programme for human rights defenders. So if you are a human rights defender keen to use the UN to push for change at home, apply now!

The training will take place in Geneva between 8 and 19 June 2020 and
provides defenders with opportunities to put their advocacy skills
directly into action at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Get a taste of the programme here, and find out more about how to apply here.

ISHR’s Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) equips
defenders with the knowledge and skills to make strategic use of the
international human rights system. It also provides an opportunity for
participants to directly engage in lobbying and advocacy activities at
the UN level to effect change on the ground back home.

As well as receiving training modules on all the UN human rights mechanisms from a range of experts, participants will also have the opportunity to build networks in Geneva and around the world, carry out lobbying of UN member States and UN staff, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues.

The programme brings togethers 16 committed human rights defenders
from extremely different contexts and working on a wide range of areas:
migrant rights; women human rights defenders in conflict, post-conflict
& occupation settings; business, environment and human rights; the
human rights of LGBTI persons; reclaiming civil society space and
increasing protection of human rights defenders.

ISHR’s Helen Nolan explains that participants hit the ground running,
absorbing a huge amount of new information and skills, and immediately
putting them into action.

At the end of the training, 100% of participants were either “very
satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall programme, and they all also
felt that they would be able to apply what they learnt to their own
day-to-day work. ISHR will look to build upon this success in 2020.

Participants will take part in:

  1. A short online learning component, prior to face-to-face training, to enable you to consolidate your existing knowledge and develop your advocacy objectives;
  2. Intensive training in Geneva during June, to coincide with the 44th session of the Human Rights Council. The training will focus on ways to effectively use international human rights mechanisms and to influence outcomes;
  3. Specific advocacy at Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant meetings, with regular feedback and peer education to learn from the experiences, including expert input from leading human rights advocates.

Application Procedure:

If you are interested in applying for ISHR’s training programme, please read the call for applications to check that you comply with the requirements, and apply before midnight Geneva time on 1 December 2019. The link to the online application form can be found in the call for applications. For more information, write to [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program 2020

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