Oct 14 2014 - Oct 16 2014

Nairobi, Kenya

This workshop is being organised to help build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in East Africa to work with United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) systems. Hosted by the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), 24 members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and South Sudan are invited to participate in the training. According to the organisers, "the wealth of information published about UN and African Union (AU) human rights mechanisms has largely by-passed CSOs working in East Africa without access to adequate training or information." The workshop is being organised "with the aim of closing the knowledge gap on utilizing UN and AU human rights systems and their working methods and to promote sustainable engagement of the same among national East African Civil Society, especially in the context of economic, social and cultural rights."

Using participatory approaches, such as films, group work, simulation exercises, discussions, case studies, and study groups, the workshop is designed to improve the capacity of organisations to contribute to CSO submissions to UN and AU human rights mechanisms, as well as improve communications skills. The training will include introducing participants to UN and AU human rights systems and procedures, as well as the relevant CSO roles. They will then discuss, learn, and share strategies about how to more effectively engage with mechanisms such as treaty bodies, Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and Special Procedures.

According to PWESCR, the workshop will promote experience and knowledge sharing on the following themes:

  • The mandate of the UN and AU Human rights mechanisms;
  • Functions and working methods of treaty bodies, special procedures, and UPR Process;
  • The role of NGOs in engaging international and regional human rights systems; and
  • Best practices for the composition of submissions to treaty bodies, special procedures and the UPR.

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Registration information:

Deadline Date: September 7, 2014.

The organisers will select participants from CSOs in Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan. Criteria for selection will include supporting national partners, networks and CSOs. PWESCR particularly encourage women to apply. The subsidised registration fee for this programme is USD 200 per person including accommodation and meals.

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Participants are advised to send applications to