IWTC Women's GlobalNet #317
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

REMARKABLE WOMEN INVITED TO APPLY FOR $10,000 award, scholarship & rights institute
Joeyta Bose
January 12, 2007

1.     INSTITUTE ON Women's Human Rights TO CONVENE IN cANADA

2.     call for nominations for 2007 perdita huston human rights award

3.     WANTED! childrenís opinions 0n how to stop violence & discrimination against girls

4. aPPLICATIONS REQUESTED FOR 2007-2008 Womenís leadership scholarship

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Offered by the Center for Women's Studies in Education of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada from May 22 to June 29, 2007, this human rights institute will expose participants to human rights standards set by the United Nations and enable them to deliver human rights education in their own countries and contexts. Speakers will address the organizing efforts of women as they advocated to establish important international milestones like the United Nationís Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, African Protocol on Womenís Rights, Security Council Resolution 1325, Beijing Platform for Action, and Womenís Action Agenda 21, will be featured. They will also explore the potential of these international conventions and policies as tools for social change, and highlight how they can be used to bring about real progress on the ground. Alda Facio, Peggy Antrobus and MÚnica MuŮoz-Vargas will be among the faculty.


Applications for this six-week institute must be sent in by February 15, 2007, to receive guaranteed consideration.


For an application form and more information, e-mail Pat Doherty at humanrights@oise.utoronto.ca; You can also visit: http://www1.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse/humanrights_07.htm


2. call for nominations for 2007 perdita huston human rights award

Applications are invited for the 2007 Perdita Huston Human Rights award, a $10,000 annual prize that recognizes an outstanding advocate for womenís rights in the Third World. This award honours the extraordinary life and activism of journalist and author Perdita Huston who worked tirelessly to give voice and visibility to rural women. In 2006, the award went to Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of an organization that fights trafficking in India by rescuing, rehabilitating and supporting trafficked women and girls.



Any woman or man whose work continues Perdita Hustonís work of reaching women of the Third World, giving them a voice and empowering them. The selection process will evaluate the applicantís vision, efforts to empower women and her or his accomplishments in this regard.



Anyone may nominate an individual whose life and work reflect the vision, compassion and commitment of the life and work of Perdita Huston and whose work continues the advocacy for, and empowerment of women. Self-nominations are encouraged. The Selection Committee will notify semi-finalists by early March 2005. Not all submissions will receive notice at that time. The Awardee and nine finalists will receive notice in early April, 2005. The ten finalists will receive recognition of their achievements on the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award website. All nominations must be submitted on the nomination form and must include the following information:

  1. Nominee's name, address, telephone number, e-mail and place of work.
  2. Nominator's name, address, telephone number and e-mail.
  3. A description (not to exceed 3 pages) of the life and work of the nominee, the impact of the nominee's activities and the reasons why the nominee should be recognized with the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award.
  4. The nomination form with no more than two additional typed, pages supporting the nomination statement. A maximum of two additional supporting items may include press clippings, pamphlets and/or photographs. All nomination materials may be used for publication and will not be returned.


Nominations can be sent electronically to nomination@perditahustonaward.com and must be received not later than February 15, 2007. They can also be mailed to Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, c/o UNA-NCA, 2000 P Street, N.W. Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036.


To learn more, visit: http://www.perditahustonaward.com/


3. WANTED! childrenís opinions 0n how to stop violence & discrimination against girls

The Working Group on Girls and UNICEFís Voices of Youth is soliciting the opinions of children about a report released by the Expert Group Meeting on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl Child. Available in a youth-friendly version with a facilitatorís guide for those who wish to conduct focus groups with children on the issue, the report outlines the strategies and recommendations made by the expert group on how to protect girls and improve their lives. An online questionnaire is also included and responses collected by the January 30 deadline will be presented at the 51st Commission on the Status of Women in New York in February-March 2007.


Read the report and submit reactions at: http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_3295.html


4. aPPLICATIONS REQUESTED FOR 2007-2008 Womenís leadership scholarship programme


The Womenís Leadership Scholarship Programme (formerly the Native Leadership Scholarship) is accepting applications from women grassroots leaders, organisers and activists from the global south and/or from indigenous groups, who wish to pursue non-doctoral graduate studies in human rights, sustainable development, and public health at accredited institutions worldwide. Committed to supporting study, research and leadership development among innovative and effective women, the programme will award four to eight scholarships of $25,000 each year, for a maximum of two years, to enable recipients meet the costs for tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance, and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution.


Applicants should have at least three years experience working with critical human rights issues, be committed to grassroots organizing and have been accepted to an institution of higher education for graduate study in a field related to their work. Pre-application forms must be submitted by March 23, 2007, and the top 12-15 candidates will be submit more detailed scholarship requests, with all supporting documentation.


Find the forms and more information in English, Spanish and French at: www.nativeleaders.org/index.html


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