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THE NETWORK OF EAST-WEST WOMEN WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING INSTITUTE
IMPLEMENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BULGARIAN
GENDER RESEARCH FOUNDATION AND CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

First Session of the WHRTI
Third WHRTI Session
During the third and most recent session of the Institute in Varna, Bulgaria(October 1-5,2005), participants engaged in three days of intensive small group collaboration - working on arguments for two hypothetical women's rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Both hypotheticals involved multiple issues of trafficking, sex slavery,rape, domestic violence, emergency contraception, sex discrimination, right to privacy, and ethnic discrimination. Institute participants composed an application to the court, responded to state answers to that application, and participated in a moot court session where they argued both sides of the case.
For lawyers in the region interested in bringing gender cases in their own countries and, when necessary, to Strasbourg and in expanding European jurisprudence concerning women's rights. the Institute program offers a unique opportunity to expand and polish their legal skills and knowledge. This "hands on" training is not offered in law faculties in the region.
Isabel Marcus
Professor, School of Law
e-mail: imarcus@acsu.buffalo.edu
OVERVIEW:
The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) co-organize the Women's Human Rights Training Institute, which goal is to strengthen the ability of lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (CEE/NIS) to litigate women's human rights cases at the national, regional and international levels through the development of feminist legal analysis and litigation skills, cross-border cooperation, and networking.
The project is a two-year, four-part series of workshops bringing together the same group of fifteen participants over the course of the training. Through both technical workshop sessions on the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice, and United Nations enforcement mechanisms, as well as substantive training sessions on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and employment discrimination, the Institute will build the needed analysis, skills and networks among feminist lawyers in CEE/NIS required to successfully seek justice for women in various legal arenas.
The Institute will be convened every six months and include the same group of participants throughout the two-year project period. NEWW, BGRF and CPR believe that by bringing the same group of participants together on a regular basis we can encourage educational enhancement, continuity, and reflection, while also reinforcing the participants' professional commitments to women's human rights and creating a forum for exchange of ideas with committed peers.
The working language of the Institute is English.
Participants will be required to undertake specific women's human rights litigation activities. Identification and development of cases on the issues covered by the Institute will be undertaken by participants between the Institute sessions, supported by NEWW, BGRF, CRR and Institute partner organizations, including:
  1. Belgrade Center for Human Rights, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
  2. Bulgarian Helsinki Federation, Sofia, Bulgaria
  3. European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, Hungary
  4. Interights, London, United Kingdom
  5. The International Labor Organization
  6. Warsaw University Law Faculty, Warsaw, Poland
  7. Women's Link World Wide, Madrid, Spain
Certificates of Completion will be issued to participants upon their successful completion of all Institute sessions and responsibilities.
Profiles of the participants in the Women's Human Rights Training Institute
Ivelina Dechkova - Milanova from Bulgaria - M.A. in Law from Sofia University, lawyer in the Sofia Bar Association; affiliated to the Bulgarian National Association "Women in Science"; with interest in the field of employment discrimination; fluent in English and German.
Lina Kondur from Ukraine - studied law in Odessa; involved in the Roma charitable movement, affiliated to the "Roma Women Charitable Fund "Chiricly"; interested in anti-discrimination and multiple discrimination issues; fluent in English.
Agne Glodenyte from Lithuania - Bachelor in Law from the Law University of Lithuania, Magister Jurist in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford; lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of HR; interests in the field of human rights, equality in the labour market, TIW.; fluent in English and Russian.
Jasminka Dzumhur from BiH - Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo; working as a Human Rights Officer in the Office of the High Commissioner for HR in Sarajevo, affiliated to the Center of Legal Assistance for Women "Zenica"; interests in the field of TIW, anti-discrimination law; fluent in English and Russian.
Anna Wojciechowska - Nowak from Poland - Graduated from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration; lawyer in the Center for the Advancement of Women; legal fellow of the NEWW; interests in the field of employment discrimination and reproductive rights; fluent in English.
Adriana Lamackova from Slovakia - Graduated from the Law Faculty in Kosice, Slovakia, , PhD. in Charles University, Prague in International law, Law of the European Union and Constitutional Law;, former legal consultant in the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, legal fellow of the NEWW in Reproductive Rights; affiliated to the organization "Pro Choice"- Slovakia; fluent in English, German and Russian.
Raluca-Iustina Ionescu from Romania - Graduated from the Bucharest Law School, University of Bucharest; B.A. and J.D. degree from the French-Romanian Legal College of European Studies, Paris I Sorbonne; Program Manager in the Centre for Legal Resources- Bucharest; interested in anti-discrimination, employment discrimination; fluent in English and French.
Women's Studies in Zagreb; interested in the international mechanisms fro protection of women's rights; Fluent in English and German.
Irmina Kotiuk from Poland - Graduated from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration; legal fellow of the NEWW; affiliated to the Polish Association for Legal Education; interests in the field of violence against women and reproductive rights; fluent in English.
Albena Koycheva from Bulgaria - Graduated from the Law Faculty, Sofia University; member of the Sofia Bar Association, member of the network of lawyers providing legal aid for women victims of violence; cooperating with the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation /BGRF/ and "Animus" Association; interested in the mechanisms for protection of women's rights, anti-discrimination, violence against women; fluent in English and French.
Halyna Fedkovych from Ukraine - Graduated in Law from the Lviv University; legal fellow of the NEWW; senior Lawyer and Project Manager in the West Ukrainian Centre "Women's Perspectives"; interests in the field of domestic violence, TIW, employment discrimination; fluent in English and Russian.
Milena Kadieva from Bulgaria - Graduated in Law from the Plovdiv University; member of the Plovdiv Bar Association, member of the network of lawyers providing legal aid to women victims of violence; cooperating with BGRF - Plovdiv branch; interest in the field of violence against women, anti-discrimination, multiple discrimination; fluent in English and French.
Gabriela Spirovska from Macedonia - Graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, International law programme; attorney-at law and lawyer in the Shelter Centre for women and children victims of violence in Skopje; interested in violence against women- domestic violence and TIW; fluent in English.
Brigitta Jaksa from Hungary - Graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law, Budapest; affiliated to the Habeas Corpus Working Group- Budapest; interested in violence against women, employment discrimination, multiple discrimination; fluent in English and German.
Marija Gelevska from Macedonia - Graduated in Law from the faculty of Law in the University of Skopje; coordinator of the ESE/ Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women/ legal activities and programmeso Legal education and Legal aid; interests in the field of mechanisms for protection of women' s rights, violence against women; fluent in English.
Nino Bakakuri from Georgia - Graduated in Law from the Law Institute of Tbilisi State University; Legal fellow of the NEWW; lawyer in the Georgian Young Lawyers Association; interested in violence against women - domestic violence , TIW; fluent in English and Russian.
Madalina Popa from Romania - Graduated from the Faculty of Law in the University of Iasi, Romania; working as a litigant legal councilor in Equal Opportunities for Women/SEF/ in Iasi; interests in the field of violence against women- domestic violence, TIW; fluent in Englis and in French
Agata Nasti - Albania - attorney at law in Tirana - "Attorney at Trial"(Advocate), April 2001 and "Master" - Etudes Européennes et Internationales. Eduvcation - Institut de Recherches et d'Enseignement en Relation Internationales & Européennes, September 2003 - July 2004, France & Hungary and University of Tirana, Faculty of Law "Jurist", title awarded in July 1999; Grade point average 9,2/10 1995 - 1999 Tirana, Albania. Memberships: member and Deputy President of JESA Association (The Lawyers of the Future); member of Women's Lawyers Association; member of Albanian Bar Association. Publications in the sphere of Family legislation.
Malgorzata Pomaranska-Bielecka - Graduated from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration and Faculty of Resocialization and Social Science; legal fellow of the NEWW in 2003; PhD student at Warsaw University and doing the prosecutor training, working for "La Strada" Foundation against Trafficking in Women and Legal advisor in "Blue Line" Association, interests in the field of violence against women, trafficking in women and reproductive rights.