IWTC Women's GlobalNet #334
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

institutes, workshops & programs to SHAPE skillful women leaders

April 24, 2008

Joeyta Bose


1.     contributions of women peacemakers to be documented at two-month residency program

2.     examination of feminist perspectives & activism on peace, gender & development AT Women's Human Rights institute

3.     Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies under lens at sexuality institute

4.     participatory workshop SUPPORTS women’s leadership in hiv/aids

5.     investigations into Women’s Rights and Citizenship in africa at Research & training Institute


1. contributions of women peacemakers to be documented at two-month residency program

Application deadline: May 23, 2008

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice in San Diego, California is calling for applications for its Women Peacemakers Program. Aimed at capturing the stories and best practices of women who have been spearheading transformative peace initiatives in conflict-affected countries around the world, the program offers four leaders a two-month residency at the institute where they can document their unique contributions through film and narrative. Opportunities for community engagement will be organized through a series of public panels as well as through meetings with activists and leaders involved in human rights, political action and peacemaking efforts. A small stipend will also be provided to those selected.


The institute is also accepting applications for four Peace Writers who will work with the peacemakers to record and research their stories for publication. Writers will interview the women and undertake extensive research to reflect the histories of each conflict and peacemaking effort.


For more information and an application, visit http://peace.sandiego.edu or contact Erika Lopez, Women PeaceMakers Program Officer, at erika.lopez@sandiego.edu


2. examination of feminist perspectives & activism on peace, gender & development AT Women's Human Rights institute to

Application deadline: Till all spots are filled
Offered by the Center for Women's Studies in Education of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, from May 30, 2008 to July 8, 2008, this five-week human rights institute brings feminist perspectives and an activist orientation to the issues of peace, human rights and development. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of gender and feminist analysis and theory; engage in research/scholarship connected to and informed by practice; understand the causes of injustice and possibilities for change; learn about the UN human rights system and how it works; increase skills in community practice, political lobbying, international networking and organizing; increase their ability to use human rights education as a tool for social change; and develop their own perspectives by examining diverse approaches and current debates.

The institute will unfold in two parts:
(i)  Women’s Human Rights Education in the Age of the Market: Challenges & Visions 
      Dates: May 30 - June 20
 (ii) Women’s Human Rights Education: Instruments and Activism
      Dates: June 23 – July 4
Participants can register for the entire five-weeks or for the first part only. The institute is being directed by Alda Facio and the distinguished faculty includes
Peggy Antrobus and Angela Miles.

For applications, costs and other information, call 1. 416.978.2080, e-mail humanrights@oise.utoronto.ca or visit http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse/humanrights_08.htm

3. Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies under lens at sexuality institute

Application deadline: May 15, 2008

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies will bring together 20 leading NGO representatives, researchers, practitioners and policymakers for an interdisciplinary institute that combines history, theory and politics of sexuality with advocacy and fieldwork. Running from August 16th to August 23rd, 2008, this intensive participatory training is designed as a comprehensive curriculum on sexuality and sexual rights in Muslim societies with an in-depth discussion of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the global level.


Issues addressed will include a conceptual and historical framework of sexuality; contemporary discourses and debates around sexuality and sexual rights in Muslim societies; shariah and sexuality; sexual diversities; sexuality and human rights; sexual health; sexual health and rights advocacy. The Institute will also incorporate sessions focused on application and experience-sharing including a session on CSBR; a roundtable featuring presentations and discussions of participants’ work on sexuality; and a panel with Malaysian activists.


To download more information and an application form, go to http://www.wwhr.org/news.php?detay=25


4. participatory workshop SUPPORTS women’s leadership in hiv/aids

Application deadline: May 8, 2008

Aimed at building leadership, advocacy and technical expertise of women - particularly HIV positive women - who are working on the frontlines in the fight against AIDS throughout Nigeria, this intensive, three-week workshop represents a collaboration between the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Washington D.C., and Africa regional master trainers who have graduated from CEDPA’s past training programs. It offers country-specific technical knowledge on the epidemic and its impact on various populations, and highlights successful approaches to HIV prevention, voluntary counseling and testing, care and support, and access and adherence to antiretroviral treatment.  Key topics include leadership, policy analysis and advocacy, program management, financial management and fundraising, strategic communications, gender and HIV/AIDS and cutting-edge approaches in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.


Participation in this highly-participatory workshop is recommended for early to mid-career women from NGOs, government, the private sector and political institutions who work in HIV/AIDS programs at community, district, state or national levels. All program costs, including tuition, travel and per diem will be fully covered.


More information about elibility, workshop format and applications can be found at http://www.cedpa.org/section/training/aids_leadership#costs


5. investigations into Women’s Rights and Citizenship in africa at Research & training Institute

Deadline: May 5, 2008
Organized by the political studies department at Wits University, Johannesburg, and the Women’s Rights and Citizenship Programme at IDRC, this institute aims to deepen the capacity of researchers to deploy feminist theories and methodologies in applied, policy-oriented research. This initiative will unfold from August 4 to August 16, 2008, and has two components: (i) a two-part training institute (in August, followed by another week of training in November); and (ii) $10,000 seed grants for succesful participants to develop fully-fledged research proposals by November 30 around women’s rights, citizenship and governance in sub-Saharan Africa.


Applications for the institute are sought from 2-3 African researchers based in African institutions, and working in the area of gender, citizenship and governance. Research teams could be flexible in composition, for example a mix of university-based and NGO-based researchers, a senior researcher with a PhD and two Masters/ Doctoral level students, or exclusively university or NGO-based. Research teams could also cut across more than one institution and would ideally consist of a senior researcher with a PhD and two young researchers with four-year or Masters degrees.


All expenses (travel, accommodation and meals, and course materials) will be covered. Contact Nurina Ally at Nurina.Ally@students.wits.ac.za for a detailed application package and further information.


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