Trainings and Workshops

R4C regularly runs trainings on human rights and women’s rights for NGOs, governments, and other interested people in the Netherlands and abroad. We are experts in trainings on making human rights work for non-lawyers. Trainings are interactive and tailored to the needs andcircumstances of your organisation. Below are some examples of trainings we offer. All trainings can be adopted to specific needs and wishes, or combined with (parts of) other trainings.

Workshop 'strengthen your work by using human rights'

Human rights are a term that many people are familiarwith, but how can you use human rights standards to achieve change?  Rights4Change has wide experience with human rights impact assessments, and developed a step-by-step methodology for doing a rights-based problem analysis and translate this analysis into an action plan. The methodology can be used by any organisation that wants to strengthen itswork by using human rights, whether you are a local group, national NGO or international donor. In the workshop participants are made familiar with the human rights system and challenged to think about how they can use the human rights standards in their work the They learn the steps for doing a rights-based problem analysis. This can be followed by more in-depth sessions to actually carry out such a problem analysis on a specific issue and to make a start with a plan of action.

General training on women’s human rights

All over the world women suffer due to violations of their rights. The importance of women’s human rights is significant. But what are women’s rights and why are women’s rights human rights? What are the international instruments in which women’s rights are reflected? This trainingnot only answers all of these questions, it also focuses on the way in which women’s rights can be used within your organisation’s work.

Using CEDAW in Advocacy

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) offers NGO's multiple possibilities for advocacy. By making shadow reports; by using General Recommendations, Concluding Observations and Views of the CEDAW Committee to strengthen you lobby; by referring to CEDAW in (test) court cases; by campaigning for women's human rights. The training Using CEDAW in Advocacy makes you familiar with CEDAW and its possibilities. During the training, participants work on an issue that is relevant for their work. In this way, the training can be the starting point of actual advocacy.

CEDAW: the complaint procedures of the Optional Protocol

CEDAW's Optional Protocol offers individuals and NGO's the possibility to file complaints on discrimination of women with the CEDAW Committee. Views of CEDAW on individual cases can be important to improve women's rights. The training on the complaint procedures of the Optional Protocol is aimed at lawyers and NGO-representatives with some legal background or knowledge. Participants learn about the requirements for filing a case and about the lessons that can be learned from the published views. They practice with actual writing and evaluating complaints. The training workswith real life cases brought forward by the participants.

General training on health rights

The right to health is a fundamental right, which influences all aspects of life. It is therefore closely related to other human rights. This training focuses on the importance of health rights and in particular women’s health rights. It provides detailed explanation on the key aspects of the right to health and the different international human rights treaties which protect the right to health. Apart from the theory, it also discusses how to improve health rights of women and what to do about violations.

Introduction using HeRWAI, the Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument

Many organisations are interested in working on the improvement of women’s health rights. But how to realise this? How to combat maternal mortality, improve the health situation of sex workers, defend the right to maternal leave or achieve better education on sexual and reproductive rights? In this training you can work on these questions using the practical manual that we developed: Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument. HerWAI helps organisations to systematically analyse the actual effects of policies aimed to improve the enjoyment of women's right to health. This provides organisations with strong arguments to lobby their governments for concrete actions.

General training on human trafficking and human rights

Trafficking in persons and its forced labour and slavery-like outcomes are serious human rights violations. Although measures to combat trafficking in persons mushroom, many anti-trafficking measures lead to new human rights violations. What can governments do to stop trafficking in persons, while protecting the human rights of trafficked persons and other groups affected by these measures. Which international human rights treaties can be used to defend their human rights? In this training you can work on these questions.

Introduction using the RighT Guide: a tool to assess the impact of anti-trafficking policies

The need for a human rights based approach to trafficking is increasingly being recognised. States should not only prevent, investigate and prosecute trafficking, but also provide protection and support to trafficked persons. Moreover, anti-trafficking policies should respect and protect the rights of all persons, including trafficked persons, sex workers and migrants. At the minimum they should do no harm. In addition, a human rights approach respects fundamental human rights principles, such as participation and non-discrimination. This training introduces a tool that enables you to assess the human rights effects of anti-trafficking laws and measures in your country. The outcomes can be used to lobby for more effective, rights-based policies.

General training on violence against women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Globally, up to six out of every ten women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. What are the causes and consequences of violence against women? How to prevent and combat it? This training shows how governments and NGOs can have an important role in the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

Introduction using DOVA, the human rights compliance instrument on Domestic Violence 

Are you interested in working with human rights standards? Is domestic violence a significant problem in your country? This training will introduce you to the Domestic Violence Assessment Instrument (DOVA). This tool systematically analyses and evaluates policy on domestic violence. It enables organisations and governments to work towards improved legislation, policies and legal practice for countering and preventing domestic violence. If you are looking for a strong lobby instrument to improve policies on domestic violence, this training is perfect for you.

Introduction Mapping Violence Against Women

What do you know about the prevalence of the various forms of Violence Against Women in your country / region / city? What measures are being taken by governments, service providing organisations and NGOs to address VAW? Who is working on which topic, and what are the blind spots? The tool Mapping Violence Against Women helps you to collect, to structure and to evaluate relevant information. The results of this mapping can be used for several purposes, like writing NGO-reports (f.e. CEDAW shadow reports), strategic planning within your organisation and with stakeholders and advocacy. The training will make the participants familiar with the tool, so they can use it for their own purpose afterwards.

You want a training or workshop on human rights / women's rights that is not on this list? Please contact us, and we can discuss the possibillities.

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