Are you a human rights defender keen to use the UN to push for change locally? If so, apply for the 2023 edition of ISHR’s flagship training, the Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP)!
After three successful online editions in 2020, 2021 and 2022, ISHR is pleased to launch the call for applications for the new 2023 hybrid edition of the Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP), which will take place both remotely and in Geneva for the first time! Below are some important dates to take into account before applying:
Mandatory distance learning course: 17 April – 7 June 2023 (part time)
In-person course in Geneva: 14 – 24 June 2023 (full time)
Deadline to apply: 10 January 2023
What to expect from HRDAP 2023?
The course equips human rights defenders with the knowledge and skills to integrate the UN human rights system into their existing work at the national level in a strategic manner and provides an opportunity for participants to prepare for and engage in lobbying and advocacy activities at the UN with the aim to effect change back home.
Defenders will complete a 10-week hybrid learning programme, online and offline, which will include:
– Access to the HRDAP Platform, where they can complete e-learning courses on each key UN human rights mechanism and on advocacy and lobbying strategies, access interactive learning materials and case studies on the ISHR Academy
– Take part in live Q&A sessions with human rights expertsReceive continuous advocacy support and coaching in order to develop concrete advocacy objectives to make strategic use of the international human rights system
-Build networks around the world, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues
– Apply their knowledge to case-studies scenarios and enhance their advocacy toolbox according to their specific needs
– Receive support and advocacy accompaniment to conduct activities during the 53rd and 54th Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant opportunities.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while being in Geneva and practice, meet and share with their peers and experts. The blended format of the course allows defenders to continue their vital work on the ground, while diving into the inner workings of each key UN human rights mechanism, and gaining first-hand experience from advocates and UN staff on how civil society can strategically engage in the international human rights space.