Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme

Deadline: 4 January 2017
Open to: all human rights defenders with the knowledge and skills to make strategic use of the international human rights system
Venue: 29 May – 9 June 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

Description

International Service for Human Rights is calling for applications for its flagship Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program in 2017 – the extensive training programme for human rights defenders, so if you are a human rights defender keen to increase your interaction with the UN system, apply now!

The training will take place in Geneva between 29 May and 9 June 2017 and provides defenders with opportunities to put their advocacy skills directly into action at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Eligibility

  • Match between applicants’ area of work/expertise and ISHR’s strategic priorities and/or the opportunities provided by the 35 th Human Rights Council;
  • 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;
  • Experience of carrying out advocacy at the national and/or regional level;
  • Advocacy responsibilities and role within their organisation;
  • Willingness to contribute to peer education in a diverse group of participants;
  • 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;
  • English proficiency.

Costs

The tuition fee is 3,000 CHF (2,800 EUR), and the average cost of travel, accommodation, meals, perdiem and programme logistics administration is approximately 4,000 CHF (3,740 EUR)  for the two-week period.

Participants who are unable to meet those costs are invited to request a full or partial scholarship. Full scholarships cover the whole cost of 7000 CHF (6, 540 EUR), whilst partial scholarships may cover either the 3000 CHF tuition fee or part of the participants’ accommodation, meals and per diem, or travel costs, or programme logistics and administration. Scholarships will be attributed at ISHR’s discretion.

How to apply?

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;
  • 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.

By 4 January 2017, each applicant must submit the application form, which includes:

  • A recent CV/resume (max 2 pages);
  • 2 letters of recommendation, including one from their organisation (to be emailed uploaded at the bottom of this form).

For more information visit the official website.