The Voices of African Women Campaign of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is holding a special free workshop for Diaspora African women trainers on women's rights. We will have a working session of training, on how to identify the various forms of violence against women and understand international legal frameworks on women's rights, such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR 1325,1820, 1888) and African regional instruments including the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women (Maputo Protocol) and the African Union Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality.
The training is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 15 June 2013, from 10:00am-5:00pm,in the basement meeting room of the UK office headquarters situated at 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT. Tube: Old street station, exit 5. Buses: 205, 47 etc.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, please bring food to share.
If you are a Diaspora African woman who is interested in attending please send an e-mail or call to register: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +44 (0)20 7250 1968 before the 12/06/2013. Please distribute this invitation to UK based African women's groups.
Workshop Title: Identifying Gender-Based violence and Understanding Legal Frameworks on Human /African women's rights
"Women’s rights are human rights." These words were an important part of the declaration that was unanimously adopted by the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women, in Beijing, China in 1995.
"Every Woman deserves the right to live in peace, to eat, to have access to adequate healthcare, to be educated, to have an income, to exercise her citizen duties, to human development, and to reach her potential, ie: just the basics of being able to construct her own approach to life."
Although an amount of progress has been made since 1995, particularly in establishing constructive legal frameworks on women's rights, there is still so much that has to be done worldwide on implementation, particularly in Africa. 'Deaths caused by pregnancy in Africa are more than all the deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Accountability for women's rights is accountability for human rights in general. Gender equality and effective participation of women will lead to real participatory democracy and social justice for all, food security and better healthcare for many in Africa, hence peace and sustainable development.' Marie-Claire Faray (UKWILPF VoAW Campaign/ Workshop facilitator).
This one-day training is designed to provide supporting materials for African Diaspora women leaders of small groups in the UK to train other women in their communities on how to identify and raise awareness about Gender Based Violence, particularly Violence Against Women, (VAW) and understand the various existing legal frameworks on human rights, as well as the role of a state to protect women as its citizen from abuses, discriminations, persecutions and other human insecurities. Understanding that there are laws protecting women’s rights, and that VAW and discrimination are human rights abuses and crimes.
Topics to be covered are:
The course will inform women about the different forms of Violence Against Women that exist as well as the various legal frameworks or mechanisms that are available locally, nationally in the UK, regionally in Europe and African and at the international level to protect Women’s Rights.
A PowerPoint presentation will be used for illustration and demonstration.
A dialogue amongst participants will also be generated through an interactive debate (Questions/Answers or recommendations as well as testimonies). Several printed materials with information will also be distributed to participants.
Who is the programme for?
The course is designed particularly for Diaspora African women leaders of small groups of women.
This course will be of particular interest for women interested to support/train/help other women about human rights and how to campaign to end Gender Based Violence (particularly Violence Against Women) at home, in their communities, at the local, national and international level in a country.
This course will also be of interest to women who are interested in politics and women's participation in decision making process for the governance of countries and for peace building as well as reconciliation.
This course will also be an asset for women interested in women's reproductive healthcare as a human right and a tool for sustainable development.
What will I gain from the programme?
The course will equip the participants with the practical skills to train other women in identifying and raising awareness about Gender Based Violence or discrimination as well as knowledge of legal frameworks on human rights.
This is a free training day organised by the Voices of African Women campaign of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, for Diaspora African Women.
We hope you can join us.
Voices of African Women Campaign
UK section of WILPF
52-54 Featherstone Street
London EC1Y 8RT
Tel: +44 (0)20 7250 1968
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