At the end of May the four 2010 sessions of the Human Rights Training with members of the De Brug programme, an initiative of Global Human Rights Defence, were completed successfully. The sessions took place in March, April and May with workshops on various human rights tools.
Among them was a training workshop given by Cornelieke Keizer from EqualInRights, where she presented the human rights based development approach and how it differs from needs based approaches, highlighting the advantages of the first one. Moreover, she introduced the panel principles of participation, accountability, equality & non-discrimination and empowerment to the participants of the training.
GHRD’s Human Rights Officer Jenny Lundström presented the first workshop on human rights monitoring, fact finding and reporting. She explained these concepts and the methods that are being used by Global Human Rights Defence. The different forms of fact finding and reporting were discussed and the participants were invited to introduce a human rights issue from their own community.
The session on campaigning for human rights issues was given by Nathalie van Loon, who has a broad experience in campaigning for various NGO’s such as Amnesty International. The participants were introduced to the basic concepts of campaigning such as defining the target group and how to reach them. Ms van Loon gave some examples of good and bad campaigns to illustrate what an effective campaign is. The workshop was interactive and the participants were invited to take part in an exercise on defining a mission and vision for a campaign and establishing goals.
Another workshop was given by Mr Menno Ettema from United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY). He trained the participants in Human Rights Education, by employing interactive methods, which the participants can make use of in their own training activities. He explained about knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to conduct an effective training. In the context of educational approaches he emphasized the need to structure trainings in a learner centred manner, which many interactive methods, such as discussions in small groups, collaborative games and negotiations.
A lobbying session was conducted by Ms Amy O’Donnell from Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and centred around Lobbying for Human Rights. Using advocacy as an effective method for helping a person to be heard for encouraging action, requires the selection and preparation of key information. In that context the participants learned how to write a briefing paper, which represents a valuable tool for a lobbying meeting and shall include the desired, achievable results. Moreover, the participants were trained on the essentials of holding a lobbying meeting, basics which they can use in their own work with their organisations.
The final training session was on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Fundraising. The first part on CSR focused on the social responsibility of the business sector and how it can be involved in human rights. The second part was on fundraising techniques and approaches for organisations which was presented by Mr. Wim Monasso.
All together, the training sessions were very successful and the participants expressed their gratitude and noted that they felt more empowered by the information and advice they had received.