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Event: Women's Human Rights Education Institutes 2010

Are you a women's human rights defender? Do you want to increase your knowledge of women's human rights? Do you want to use the UN system to support your activism, or train others on the principles of human rights? Do you want to better understand the impact of globalization on the realization of women's human rights? Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators at the Women's Human Rights Education Institutes 2010.

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE---but apply soon!

The Women's Human Rights Education Institutes is happy to announce that we now have a limited number of discounts and scholarships available for the Six-week "Women's Human Rights: Building a Peaceful World in an Era of Globalization" institute with feminist jurist and activist Alda Facio running from July 19-August 23rd, 2010. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the institute reaches its capacity of twenty, but apply soon to ensure consideration. More information on this incredible learning opportunity follows, or visit our website for full details:

We are also accepting applications for the one-week "CEDAW for Change" module co-facilitated by former CEDAW committee member Shanthi Dairiam of IWRAW-AP Malaysia and Alda Facio, held from August 16-20, 2010. Don't miss this incredible chance to learn about the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) right here in Toronto! Details follow, or visit our website at the address given above.

***If you belong to a community-based organization in Canada that is run by/works with aboriginal women, or if you are an aboriginal woman, refugee or unwaged recent immigrant, we may be able to help you with funds so please contact us as soon as possible***

2010 Women's Human Rights Education Institutes (WHRI):


July 19-August 26, 2010
Directed by: Alda Facio, LLP
with Angela Miles, PhD, Angela Lytle MEd, and Mary Eberts LLB, LSM, LLM
Centre for Women's Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Offered in Association with Fundaci�n Justicia y G�nero, Costa Rica

CEDAW for Change

August 16-20, 2010
Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and Shanthi Dairiam MA
Centre for Women's Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Offered in Association with IWRAW-AP
For full information, see below. 

For inquiries, contact WHRI Program Director Angela Lytle at

Women's Human Rights: Building a Peaceful World in an Era of Globalization 6 Week Institute

Facilitators: Alda Facio, Shanthi Dairiam, Angela Miles, Angela Lytle, Mary Eberts
Offered in Partnership with Fundaci�n Justicia y G�nero, Costa Rica
July 19-August 26, 2010
Limited to twenty Canadian and international participants, so apply early to ensure consideration.
Applications will be considered until the institute is full, but apply early to ensure consideration.
Discounts on tuition are available for unwaged/student/majority world applicants, as well as for multiple participants from one organization
This unique educational institute brings feminist perspectives and an activist orientation to the inextricably related issues of peace, human rights and life-sustaining development. Participants will develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and how to apply a women's human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues.

The six-week WHRI brings together a balance of academic/theoretical inquiry and engaged, activist praxis. Human rights, peace, and emerging alternatives to globalization are examined both as interconnected elements of a socially just and sustainable world and as alternative ways of knowing, acting, being, and interacting. Women's human rights are both the subject and the guiding framework of the institute. This is reflected in the teaching principles and methodology. The WHRI aims to create a safe, supportive, and celebratory space that allows for collective sharing and knowledge-building alongside skills training . Classes are participatory, incorporate a broad variety of readings, videos, and activities, and in an effort to promote integration and well-being, participants are offered gentle yoga classes twice a week.

All instructors have extensive activist experience at local, national and international levels and are known for their theoretical, academic and policy contributions in these areas. To maximize each individual's learning opportunity, participants are limited to TWENTY and come from all regions of the world, many with a great deal of experience in the field of women's human rights.

CEDAW For Change -1 Week Intensive Institute

Facilitators: Alda Facio and Shanthi Dairiam, with Angela Lytle and Martha Morgan
Offered in Partnership with International Women's Human Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP)
August 16-20, 2010
Applications ongoing, but a deposit is required by July 16th to ensure a space. We will continue to allow enrolment until we reach capacity, so contact us if the deadline has passed.
Discounts on tuition are available for unwaged/student/majority world applicants, as well as for multiple participants from one organization.

The CEDAW for Change module within the six-week WHRI is open for additional enrollment as a one-week intensive for those who cannot attend the full course. One-week participants will join the six-week programme participants in this one-week module designed to cultivate a better understanding of the principles of non discrimination and equality as enshrined in CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and each State's obligation to respect, protect and fulfill women's human rights. Participants will be helped to frame whatever issues they are working on within a human right's framework from a gender perspective.

This session stresses the multiplicity of forms of discrimination women from diverse situations experience. During the week we will learn through activities focused around identity and interconnectedness, the complex nature of discrimination, the impact of culture and religion on women's rights, and activism against discrimination. We will examine case studies that have come before the CEDAW committee and will explore ways in which CEDAW can be used to support local and national level activism through the submission of Shadow Reports by NGOs and through the CEDAW Optional Protocol. 

July 21, 2010