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Offer: Call for application: Regional Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) Training

APWLD in cooperation with Ain-O-Salish Kendra (ASK) Invite Applications for the Asia-Pacific Regional Feminist Legal Theory & Practice (FLTP) Training in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 1 – 5 October 2012

This year, the Regional FLTP will focus on building the capacity of lawyers, activists, paralegal, prosecutors, case workers and defence lawyers from across the region of Asia-Pacific.

FLTP training has been a significant activity of APWLD and has grown into a dynamic program that offers a unique model in the region. It enables participants to use feminist analysis and perspectives in legal practice and legal activism. The FLTP framework has feminism as its core and human rights as its foundation. The training seeks to challenge the traditional notion that law is a neutral, objective and rational set of rules, unaffected by the perspective of those who wield power in societies. Participants address the social, cultural and political contexts that shape the legal system. Given that law (as a culture, system and as an institution) is a reality that women face and engage with, it is essential for women’s rights activists to explore how law can be utilised to transform women’s lives. During the course participants apply the principles to a particular law, policy or practice limiting women’s human rights and are encouraged to develop strategies to change the practice.

To apply, review details below and email/fax completed application form (See Attached) to APWLD to the attention of:

Diyana Yahaya, Programme Officer, Feminist Law & Practice, APWLD

For applications through email, please indicate in the subject line “Application for Regional FLTP Training 2012”


The specific objectives of the training are:
• To enable participants to share their experiences of feminist legal advocacy
• To develop greater understanding of gender, discrimination, equality, law and human rights
• To identify and address dilemmas encountered by women’s rights advocates in their use of legal strategies to address women’s rights
• To enhance the capability of participants to effectively challenge discriminatory laws and practices in their countries by feminist, rights-based legal practice and by applying international conventions and precedents for advancement of women’s human rights
• To ignite campaigns to advance women’s human rights in the region
• To build a network of feminist legal practitioners and activists

The training will focus on the following themes: feminism as a tool and concept for understanding women’s realities; feminism and women’s movement; feminism and law; women, human rights and developments in international law; and strategies for feminist legal theory and practice.

People can apply based on the following criteria:
1. APWLD members as well as non-members from across Asia Pacific may apply
2. Lawyers, paralegal, activists, prosecutors, case workers, defence lawyers who engage with law or use law for issues of social justice may apply
3. Proficiency in English, as the medium of communication and learning material will be in English. Applicants who are not proficient in English must indicate in their application and might also be considered where other participants have agreed to act as interpreters

Participants will be selected based on the following considerations:
• Balance in sub-regional representation from Asia-Pacific
• Combination of lawyers, activists, paralegals, case workers, prosecutors and academics engaging with the law for women’s human rights and social justice
• Preference given to individuals with institutional affiliations and/or recommendations from APWLD network
• The participant group size will be limited to 25

Selected participants must:
• Attend the training in its entirety
• Respond to emails in a timely way as that will be the main method of communicating regarding deadlines, registration, hotel and travel arrangements
• Produce a Personal Action Plan towards the end of the training that demonstrates how they will utilise the training as part of a strategy to bring about changes in laws, policies or practices in their country
• Commit to respond to periodic follow up from APWLD after the training

• All applicants should submit a completed application form and send it along with their Curriculum Vitae
• The recommending institution/organisation should certify that the person recommended has worked in the area of women’s human rights and is committed to applying the core learning points from the training in their future work

Cost of the Training and Sponsorship:
APWLD will cover costs of boarding and lodging for the 5-days training period. In addition, APWLD will also cover costs of discounted economy airfare, visa fee, airport tax, travel tax. All additional travel related expenses must be informed by the participant to APWLD beforehand for approval or participant will not be reimbursed for those expenses.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for further details.

Announcement for the Asia Pacific Regional FLTP 2012 (See the attachment)

Go to this link for further detail:


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