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Offer: Call for Applications: PWESCR: Women, Poverty and Human Rights: A Two Day Learning Programme

Do you work on issues connected with women’s social and economic exclusion? Do want to learn how to use human rights framework to address women’s poverty? Do you want to get familiar with your government’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)? Are you attending the AWID Forum in Istanbul, Turkey? If yes, then apply. Deadline for applications: February 26, 2012.

The Learning Programme (April 17-18, 2012, Istanbul, Turkey) will enhance women’s rights leaders’ conceptual understanding and build their skills towards effective activism and advocacy around women’s human rights. It will focus on:

Understanding feminisation of poverty will cover various aspects like vulnerability, exclusion, isolation and marginalisation. Myths and stereotypes, including the measurement of poverty, will be revisited and debunked. The analysis of poverty will address concepts of the “feminisation” of poverty, poverty of time (over-burden and unpaid work), lack or productive resources, issues of livelihoods and social security.

The human rights framework, covering rights based-approach will be taken up. The role of human rights as a tool for change and for claiming women’s human rights will be explained using case studies.

Key principles of ESCR framework to understand the application of the ICESCR to domestic law and policy together with skills in the practical application of ICESCR to promote women’s human rights will be addressed.

The Learning Programme will include participatory workshops on various topics, exploring the complexities of different concepts using films, group work, training practicalities and the implementation of the framework using various exercises and games. It will also offer an intellectually rigorous and well-designed course, employing diverse pedagogical methods including lectures, interactive and participatory discussion sessions, case study method, study groups, simulation exercises, group work, and audio-visual material including films. Grounding conceptual theory in practice, the Institute will aim to identify how rights are and can be used to ensure justice and equality in the context of women’s poverty.

Why a Learning Programme?

The struggles to ensure women’s human rights are protected and guaranteed face both old and new challenges, as well as important opportunities in today’s global environment. Inequalities that women of all ages experience continue within and outside their homes denying them their basic rights. At the same time, changes to the global economic and political systems in the past decade have had a profound effect on the standards of ESCR. Disappearance of traditional forms of livelihood, access to natural resources, discrimination in labor market, increase in informal ‘unsafe’ work, time burden, no access to resources, desperation to just survive are all on the rise, making women more and more vulnerable and hence more susceptible to other forms of violence too. A human rights approach is an important tool to overcome discrimination and the lack of entitlement women face. There is a critical need to network, build capacity, develop leadership, promote a gender analysis for ESCR advocates, and create tools to raise awareness around women’s ESCR. Feminist leaders with the capacity to use ESCR framework can create conducive environments where governments are held accountable to human rights obligations to advance women’s rights and address issues of poverty.
Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction and discussion will be English.

Application Process

1. Applicants should send in their applications by 26 February 2012 to leadership@pwescr.org.
2. Final selection of participants will be announced by March 1st 2012.
Registration Fee

The total registration fee that is subsidised by PWESCR for the two day workshop is €180 (USD 235). This includes the course fee, airport pickup, accommodation and meals for 2 days in Istanbul. Participants are expected to cover their own travel-related expenses. All selected participants are encouraged to send their registration fee before April 1st 2012.

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