The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a 5-day intensive short course on Women’s Rights in Africa from 26 to 30 October 2020.
Course date: 26 - 30 October 2020
Venue: Zoom (online)
This course was originally scheduled from 23 to 27 March 2020. The new date of the course is 26 to 30 October 2020. This course is being re-offered after its postponement in March 2020 and previous applicants need not reapply.
COVID-19 Update on this course
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, would like to inform applicants of the Advanced Human Rights Course on Women's Rights in Africa (26 – 30 October 2020) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of borders as well as academic institutions in South Africa, the course will be presented in a modified format — a format different from the conventional contact sessions.
The course will this year be presented virtually during the above period of one week, on Zoom. A limited number of applicants have already been admitted to take part in the course. Lectures will be virtual, and participants will be required to do reading, submit assignments, and engage in exercises. There will be between 3 and 4 hours of interactive lectures a day. These lectures will be complemented by other activities.
Participants should therefore have access to reliable and consistent internet and must have the Zoom application on their laptops, desktop, cellphones or tablets.
An electronic certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course. Full participation is required for the award of the certificate.
About the course
The course provides a balance between theory and practical advocacy skills useful for practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to women’s rights.
The course examines the international and regional human rights frameworks that guarantee the human rights of women and girls in Africa, with a particular focus on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol). The course provides an opportunity to critically evaluate the potential of these human rights frameworks to challenge obstacles undermining the effective protection of women’s rights in Africa.
The course components include:
- An introduction to international, regional and subregional frameworks on the human rights of women and girls.
- A critical examination of the concept of gender equality and the approaches to understanding gender equality and gender justice, including feminism and intersectionality.
- Explore questions of cultural relativism, religion and gender norms in advancing women’s rights
- Practical ideas on using the law and human rights principles in promoting women’s rights
- Reflect on key elements of advocacy and lobby planning and share information on positive interventions.
This course is designed for governmental officials, managers and staff of civil society organisations, judges and magistrates, legal practitioners, as well as academics from iniversities in Africa. Participants from all over the world are, nevertheless, welcome to apply. Masters and doctoral students wishing to deepen their knowledge or expertise in a particular area of relevance to their study or research may also apply. Between 20 and 30 participants are admitted to each course. All lectures and materials are in English, and proficiency in English is required to attend these courses.
There is no course fee.
Since the course is FREE, scholarships are not applicable.
A high proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information and the payment details pages.
Documents to be submitted:
- Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
- One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
- Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)
*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.
Applications closed on 15 September 2020.
Overview of previous courses
For more information, please contact:
Women's Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria