Navigating the UN human rights mechanisms takes some skill. That’s why International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has been running its flagship Human Rights Defender Advocacy Program (HRDAP) since 2014 – the extensive training program for human rights defenders. So if you are a human rights defender keen to increase your interaction with the UN system, apply now for the 2018 edition!
The training will take place in Geneva between 11 and 22 June 2018 and provides defenders with opportunities to put their advocacy skills directly into action at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Get a taste of the program here, and find out more about how to apply here.
ISHR’s Human Rights Defender Advocacy Program (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 variety of human rights issues.
At the end of last year’s training, 100% of participants were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall program, 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 2018.
Participants will take part in:
- A short online learning component, prior to face-to-face training, to enable you to consolidate your existing knowledge and develop your advocacy objectives;
- Intensive training in Geneva during June, to coincide with the 38th session of the Human Rights Council. The training will focus on ways to effectively use international human rights mechanisms and to influence outcomes;
- 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.
This program is directed at experienced human rights defenders in non-governmental organisations, with existing advocacy experience at the national level and some prior knowledge of the international human rights system.
If you are interested in applying for ISHR’s training program, please read the call for applications to check that you comply with the requirements, and apply before midnight Geneva time on 11 December 2017. The link to the online application form can be found in the call for applications. For more information or any questions, contact email@example.com.