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Need: FUNDING REQUEST - FOR PWESCR’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IN WOMEN’S ECONOMIC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

My name is Celine Ebere Osukwu. I am a human rights worker from Nigeria, working for Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) as the Director of Programmes and Projects. I work in the following areas: popularizing issues relating to women and their better living; taking complaints from women and girls and getting redress for violations of rights and abuses on women, girls and indigent persons; counseling and making referrals to relevant government agencies; conducting research on human rights situations and issues; organizing educating / sensitization programmes on human rights issues; conducting press conferences, and writing statements on pressing national issues; planning and organizing programmes, eg rallies to convey feelings of the public to leaders; writing petitions/reports to the appropriate quarters on cases of abuse and on issues of national interest. I also co-ordinate the affairs of Divine Foundation for Disabled Persons, a platform for empowerment of disabled persons.
My works and activities entirely revolves around defending, sustaining and promoting fundamental human rights guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other international conventions and covenants on human rights including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; my organizations campaigns for the full implementation of human rights - particularly, cultural, economic and social rights to tackle the vulnerability and discrimination faced by citizens living in deplorable conditions and in absolute poverty, fighting for their basic right to live in dignity, and their freedom to good living conditions. The totality of my organizations’ work is on human rights and entrenchment of good governance, which is believed to the panacea for securing political, social, economic and cultural rights for the teeming population.

I had applied for and have been selected as a participant for PWESCR’s Leadership Institute in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Phase 1 in New Delhi from 23rd to 29th January, 2011 and Phase 2 in Kathmandu from 20th to 25th June, 2011. The Institute, based on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), will be held in two phases. Being selected for the training course requires that participants secure their own funding. I humbly request you for a grant of US $6,210 to cover course fee plus travel expenses to cover my travel and stay related expenses for the Institute.

My goal for participation in PWESCR’s Leadership Institute is to gain more knowledge and skills, which I believe will immensely assist in my daily activities of championing the cause of defence and protection of economic, social and cultural rights of women. Again, I want to attend the Institute because I am a disabled woman who face various challenges in life, hence I resolve to fight for the better living of my category of persons. The experience of growing up as a disabled woman in a society where there is complete absence of economic, social and cultural protection for women was terrible. Lack of social security, job opportunities, etc, deprive disabled women of economic power hence they constitute the poorest of the poor in the society. The lack affects women psychologically hence we lack the capacity to fight for our rights and for the improvement of the situations that might better our living standard. The skills will help me accomplish my life ambition, which is to contribute to the improvement of the lot of women / girls especially the disabled women who are the most vulnerable, stigmatized and marginalized group. Disabled women face triple times, the challenges emanating from denial of rights. By attending the Institute, I will gain skills that will give me more inspirations, motivation and form my support base to further my carrer ambition.
Upon my return from the course, I have an action plan, which is to train / educate women focused NGOs on the relevance and use of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to demand for women’s rights. I will incorporate the issues / skills learnt from the course to the on-going programmes of sensitization/educating works of my various organizations and networks.

For more information regarding the Leadership Institute please feel free to contact:

Priti Darooka
Executive Director
PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)
DD 29 Nehru Enclave, Kalkaji, Second Floor
New Delhi, India 110019
Phone: +91 (0)11-40536091/92
Fax: +91 (0)11-40536095
www.pwescrleadership.org
leadership@pwescr.org

Attached are detailed budget for the Institute.

To get more information of the institute please visit institute website www.pwescrleadership.org.

I thank you for considering my request for funding, and hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Celine Ebere Osukwu
Committee for the Defence Of Human Rights
43, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos
234 1 7730 662, 234 80 5460 3733
Skype: celine.osukwu
Email: cosukwu@yahoo.com, dpp@cdhrnigeria.org, foundation4disabled@yahoo.com,

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olutosin's picture

Prayers

My prayers with you my sister dearest. May you find favour in Jesus name. Amen. You are an exemplary woman with good initiative and passionate about this cause. I wish you well.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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totally fearless's picture

My thoughts are with you

Dear sister Celine: This is an extraordinary endeavor that you are pursuing, and one that I believe will assist you in your goal of ensuring human rights for disabled women, who as you said, are the most excluded and marginalized population group in the world. I too, wish you all the best.

Celine's picture

Thanks

Thank you my dear. I missed attending the phase 1 of the program and invariably missed the entire opportunity. I am now selected by WHRI of the Uni of Toronto for a six weeks training on human rights. The program takes of first week in May. I am now seeking for every support to actualize it. I strongly believe that the Institute will assist to bring the best in my career and in accomplishing my goal. I have an action plan which revolves around ensuring human rights for women with disabilities. I have a registered platform called Divine Foundation for Disabled Persons. I coordinate programs for wider disability organizations such as Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (Women's Wing). We are planning to celebrate Women's Day on 16 March.

If I make the trip to Canada, I will probably meet with you, who knows.

Celine

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