To fight for your rights, you first have to know them. Vreerwerk offers an opportunity for this. On December 9, just before Human Rights Day, we will start with an online training in human rights concerning trans* and intersex issues.
In four webinars you will get to know the human rights systems of Europe and the UN and get a first idea how to use them. What constitutes human rights? How can I use them? Are trans* and intersex people protected? Can we complain to Brussels (EU) or to Strasbourg (Council of Europe)? How to find your way in the UN? What protection is there? What are the Yogyakarta Principles and how useful are they? How to implement UN critique on the national level? These and other questions are the topics of a series of webinars (seminars given over the Internet) to give activists and students a first plunge in the deep sea of human rights for trans* and intersex people.
This training is limited to trans* and intersex because there is already quite some info and many active NGOs on gay and lesbian issues, but there are hardly enough trans* or inter* activists who know how to use the UN or other human rights systems.
“Know your rights” is an entry-level training. No detailed knowledge is needed (though it may work to your advantage). In principle the training will be given on Tuesdays in two-hour webinars.
On request we can discuss other systems (African Human and Peoples Rights Commission, InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, ASEAN) in extra webinars.
The costs are 150 euros (ex 21% VAT) per participant. Subsidized (richer) NGOs are to pay double, to enable less well off individuals to participate.
For registration or more info, you can send an e-mail to vreerwerk-at-xs4all-dot-nl (preventing the spam monsters that found me ;)
On June 10 we will start the next online training “Fighting for trans* and intersex equality through human rights”. In five bi-weekly two hour webinars you will get information on the following themes:
- Human rights systems, global and regional
- Conventions, charters, courts. Selected cases, important wins
- Trans & Intersex rights & issues, Yogyakarta Principles
- Threats and opportunities
- International Civil Society Organizations, local implementation, queer critique
You will learn how to use mostly the UN system and the European human rights system to influence the national government on implementing obligations they accepted by acceding to human rights treaties.
We will work with both material at hand and look forward to opportunities and obstructions for getting our rights realised. We will look at what can be done with existing material for local implementation and at the same time see that human rights are not a universal solution and have some inherent problems also.
The training comes at €150 (incl. VAT) for individual activists. If you come as a (funded) organization, the tariff is double to enable less well-off activists to participate. If this is still problematic, do send an e-mail and we’ll figure out a solution.
For more detailed info or alternatively participating in a live training, see this page. For registration or questions best send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the beginning of 2014 Vreerwerk will offer a training in human rights with a focus on transgender and intersex issues. This course aims at staff of government and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, students and activists interested in trans* and intersex issues that need a basis in human rights for their work, but are not looking for an expensive academic course. Continue reading