Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme 2022

The International Service for Human Rights invites applications for the ISHR Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) in 2022.

Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme

The course provides human rights defenders with the knowledge and skills to strategically integrate the UN human rights system into their existing work at the national level, as well as the opportunity to prepare for and participate in UN lobbying and advocacy activities with the goal of bringing about change back home.

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Defenders will undergo a 12-week distance learning course that will cover the following topics:

Access to the new HRDAP Platform, where you may take e-learning courses on each of the United Nations’ major human rights issues.

  • On the ISHR Academy, you may learn about mechanisms, advocacy, and lobbying methods, as well as access interactive learning resources and case studies.
  • Participate in live question-and-answer sessions with human rights experts.
  • Receive advocacy training and assistance to help you set clear advocacy goals so you can make the most of the international human rights system.
  • Build global networks and learn from colleagues working on a variety of human rights problems from across the globe.
  • During Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant meetings, get assistance and advocacy accompaniment to undertake advocacy (remotely or prepare for future in-person activism).

The 12-week course enables human rights defenders to continue their important work on the ground while digging into the inner workings of each main UN human rights mechanism and learning from advocates and UN employees how civil society may effectively participate in the international human rights environment.

Defenders who take part in HRDAP:

  • They will gain information and skills that they may utilize to ensure that their voices are heard in international human rights decisions.
  • Examine and evaluate the advantages of working with the Human Rights Council, Special Procedures, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Universal Periodic Review, and Treaty Bodies, and how they might utilize them to strengthen their work at the national level.
  • Develop strategies and lobbying tactics to boost the impact of their national and regional advocacy efforts.

Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme Requirements

This program is designed for experienced human rights defenders working for non-governmental organizations who have previous advocacy experience at the national level and a basic understanding of the international human rights system.

ISHR supports and encourages solidarity with and among defenders working in the intersectional and interconnected areas and circumstances listed below:

  • Nondiscrimination, equality, and dignity.
  • Environmental justice and long-term viability are important concepts.
  • International responsibility for human rights defenders’ persecution.
  • Transparency and the rule of law are important.

How to Apply for Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme

All applications for the ISHR Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme should be made online via the official website.

Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme Deadline

Deadline: Applications for HRDAP22 will remain open until Monday, January 3, 2022.

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