Deadline: 11 December, 2017
The objectives of the course fall into the following three broad categories:
- a) Supporting human rights defenders:
- Develop human rights defenders’ advocacy skills and expertise.
- Enhance the ability of human rights defenders to engage strategically with the HumanRights Council, as well as to develop diplomatic and civil society networks;
- Improve the quality of NGO participation in the Human Rights Council, with a view toexert a greater influence on human rights foreign policy;
- Share tools and knowledge, which human rights defenders can use to ensure theirvoice is central in international human rights decision-making.
- Develop advocacy strategies for specific issues, and to ensure follow-up and action onthe Human Rights Council’s resolutions;
- Increase human rights defenders’ understanding of the short, mid and longer-termopportunities provided by human rights mechanisms in Geneva.
- Explore and compare the benefits of engagement with the Human Rights Council, the special procedures, the OHCHR, the UPR and the treaty bodies, and examine howadvocates can use them to bolster their work at the national level.
- Develop strategies and lobbying techniques to increase the potential of human rightsdefenders’ national and regional advocacy work.
- b) Influencing the substantive outcomes of international human rights mechanisms in a positivemanner, including Human Rights Council resolutions and the work of UN thematic and country
specific human rights experts (the Special Procedures).
- c) Creating a peer group of human rights defenders working on a diverse range of issues,identifying best practice in advocating for human rights change, and exchanging lessons and experiences in conducting international advocacy.
For the June 2018 training course, ISHR will consider applicants working on at least one of the focus topics of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council highlighted above and/or one of ISHR’s strategic priorities.3 Final decisions regarding participants will be based upon the following criteria:
- Match between applicants’ area of work/expertise and ISHR’s strategic priorities and/or the opportunities provided by the 38th Human Rights Council;
- Applicants’ knowledge of human rights and their experience and willingness to engage with the UN human rights system and integrate it effectively into domestic level advocacy;
- Applicants’ experience of carrying out advocacy at the national and/or regional level;
- Applicants’ advocacy responsibilities and role within their organisation;
- Applicants’ willingness to contribute to peer education in a diverse group of participants;
- Applicants’ demonstrated commitment to the principles of human rights, including the principles of universality and non-discrimination;
- Communication, language and organisational skills;
- The potential for a strategic partnership between ISHR and the applicants’ organisation;
- Whether applicants or their organisations have been recommended by a strategic partner.
- The course will be carried out in English. ISHR cannot provide translation.In identifying and selecting participants, ISHR will work closely with leading human rights organisations in each of the specific respective focus areas and across the world.
Prior to attending the training and advocacy programme in Geneva, participants are expected to Complete a short online learning component consisting of guided reading in preparation of the course and forum discussions (approximately 12 hours of work over six weeks);
Develop and submit a set of personal advocacy objectives for the visit to Geneva. Prepare some advocacy tools/documents to support advocacy activities in Geneva.
Each applicant must submit:
- A recent CV/resume (max 2 pages);
- A completed application form available at http://bit.ly/2xZzmfH;
- 2 letters of recommendation, including one from their organisation (to be uploaded as part ofthe online application form).
- Please direct any questions relating to the program or on the application process to email@example.com