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Women’ s Human Rights Training Institute

2004-09-15 16:20:15 / News read 3286 reading
First Session of Women’ s Human Rights Training Institute/WHRTI/- organized by NEWW and the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria - would take place in 4-9 October, 2004.

First Session Programme and Sessions’ Outline, Participants and Lecturers

Participants’profile:
• practicing lawyers or legal counselors from CEE/NIS
• demonstrated commitment to gender and women’ s rights
• relationship with a women’ s legal rights NGO or institution
• demonstrated 2-year commitment with work in between the sessions
• ability to clearly articulate her motivation and the women’ s rights situation in her country
• demonstrated ability to think creatively for using the law for women’ s rights
• commitment for team work

List of participants:

Iustina Ionescu- Romania
Irmina Kotiuk- Poland
Anna Nowak- Poland
Ivana Radacic- Croatia
Maria Gelevska- Macedonia
Nino Bakakuri- Georgia
Jasna Dzumbur- BiH
Agne Glodenyte- Lithuania
Albena Koycheva- Bulgaria
Halyna Fedkovych- Ukraine
Milena Kadieva- Bulgaria
Gabriela Spirovska- Macedonia
Lina Kondur- Ukraine
Madalina Popa- Romania
Brigitta Jaksa- Hungary
Adriana Lamackova- Slovakia
Ivelina Dechkova- Bulgaria

1. Sessions’ outline:
I Session / 4 days/ - Introductory session on Women’s Human Rights in the context of International Human Rights Law- October 2004
II Session / 4,5 days/ - Presentation of the 3 substantive topics of the Institute/ 1,5 days each/ - Violence against Women, Reproductive Rights and Gender Discrimination in Employment- February- 2005
III Session /4,5 days/- Practical session: Cases undertaken by the participants and Moot-Court session/ focused on the regional HR mechanisms/- May 2005 /tentatively/
IV Session / 4,5 days/ – Practical session: Cases undertaken by the participants and Moot Court session/focused on the universal HR mechanisms/- September 2005 /tentatively/.

2. Lecturers:
I Session: Isabel Marcus, Robin Phillips, Plamenka Markova, Genoveva Tisheva, Irina Moulechkova, Yonko Grozev, Andrea Coomber, Christina Zampas, Diana Kovacheva, Roxana Tesiu, representative of the Institute for Conflict Resolution- Bulgaria

II Session: Cheryl Thomas, Eleonora Zielinska, Rhonda Copelon, Genoveva Tisheva, Lori Mann, Rebecca Cook, Christina Zampas, Plamenka Markova, EU gender expert, Teodora Krumova

III Session- former judges and commissioners of the European Court of HR, litigators, judges from the European Court of Justice, Interights, etc.

IV Session- members and former members of treaty bodies- HRCommittee, CEDAW Committee, other treaty bodies, Interights, etc.

3. Programme I Session- 4-9 October, 2004- / From Monday to Friday with Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning free/

Introductory session on Women’s Human Rights in the context of International Human Rights Law. International and Regional Human Rights Law and Enforcement mechanisms.

Sunday, 3 October- Arrival of participants

Monday, 4 October

9.00 – 9.45 - Opening. Introduction and expectations of participants- NEWW/BGRF and participants
9.45- 11.15- Overview of feminist theory and jurisprudence. Opportunities and challenges. Challenges for women’ s human rights and women’ s access to justice in the contemporary context and in the region . Intersectionality- gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.- Isabel Marcus/ Irina Moulechkova
11.15- 11.30- Break
11.40- 13.00- General discussion about gender discrimination, overview of each substantive topic/ Violence against women- Robin Phillips
13.00- 14.00 Lunch break
14.00- 15.30- Reproductive Rights- Christina Zampas
15.30- 15.45- Break
15.45- 17.15- Employment discrimination- Plamenka Markova


Tuesday, 5 October

9.00- 10.30- UN conventions and enforcement mechanisms with emphasis on their application in the specific context of CEE/NIS.UN System of human rights protection, treaty bodies, general comments and general recommendations, concluding comments and observations directed at state parties- Robin Phillips
10.30- 10.45- Break
10.45- 12.15 CEDAW and Optional Protocol enforcement mechanisms. General Recommendations and concluding observations and recommendations of CEDAW Committee.- Robin Phillips /Genoveva Tisheva
12.15-12.25 Break
12.25- 13.15- UN Convention against Torture and CAT control mechanisms- CATOC and relevant Protocol on Trafficking in Persons- Robin Phillips
13.15-14.15- Lunch
14.15- 15.00- ILO relevant standards- Plamenka Markova
15.00- 15.45-International Criminal Court gender violence standards. IC Tribunals for Rwanda and Former Yougoslavia- gender violence standard - Diana Kovacheva
15.45 - 16.00 Break
16.00- 16.45 -Vienna Conference on Human Rights/1993/, Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. UN 4th World Conference on Women and BPFA- Genoveva Tisheva/Irina Moulechkova
16.45- 17.30 ICPD – Cairo 94 - Christina Zampas

Wednesday, 6 October

Morning free

12.30- Lunch 13.30- 17.00 - Regional mechanisms:- ECHR and European Court of HR- Yonko Grozev/Andrea Coomber
The theory and practice of the ECHR with respect to gender equality. General overview of the substantive law and the procedure. General trends of the practice of the court in the field of gender equality- case law/ gender equality in general and, more specifically, in the three substantive areas. In this context the role of the international organizations for the practice of the Court- amicus curiae briefs, etc. - concrete examples

/With 2 breaks/

Thursday, 7 October

9. 00- 11.00- ECHR/cont./
11.00-11.15- Break
11.15- 11.45- European Social Charter/Revised/
11.45- 13.15- European Union acquis and EU soft law- Importance for the region and review of the acquis communautaire in the field of equal treatment. General trends,. Importance of the jurisprudence of the court for the acquis- main fields of impact jurisprudence. Soft law of the EU in the field of gender equality, gender mainstreaming-main features, fields, role and importance /Ex. Community Framework Programme, etc./EU law as potential field for effective litigation- Roxana Tesiu
13.15- 14.15- Lunch
14.15- 15.00- EU acquis/cont./
15.00-15.30- Regional practice from other parts of the world- the case law of the Inter-American Commission and its relevance for the 3 substantive areas- Robin Phillips/ Isabel Marcus
15.30- 17.30 /with a break/ Some national mechanisms and practices for protection of women’ s rights- brief presentations from the participants based on the tasks assigned after the selection
19.30- Cocktail

Friday, 8 October
9. 30- 11.30- Legal counseling skills building- interactive session- Isabel Marcus and participants
- Client centered approach
- Gender sensitivity
- Working with law enforcement
- Coalition building with other advocates
11.30- 11.45- Break
11.45- 13.00 – Mediation approaches and practices- representative of the Institute for Conflict Resolution
13.00- 13.45- Closing session and planning work for next session
13.45- Lunch
Afternoon free

Saturday, 9 October - Departure participants
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