TRAINING for Women with Disabilities in South Asia
Project: Creating Space for Women With Disabilities to Communicate & Advocate for their Rights
Project Partners: AWWD (India), SARPV (Bangladesh), AKASA (Sri Lanka), HLWW (UK), Supported by: DFID, UK
REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES
“Currently our rights are not understood or heard. We need to mobilize our girls and women to take the challenge and responsibility to make our presence felt. A new generation of leaders is essential to make change happen”
Kuhu Das, Director, Association of Women with Disabilities – India
The initial ‘master’ training will facilitate a group of 25 Women with Disabilities (WWD) from the South Asia region including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives in leadership & advocacy skills within a rights based framework. Those attending will in turn be supported to organize and run national level leadership and advocacy trainings when they return home. They will also develop country strategic advocacy plans, and be offered small seed grants to enable the implementation.
The participants will engage in a 7 day training process which will enable them to:
- Share their country level situations
- Deepen their understanding of a rights based approach to issues affecting WWD
- Design & plan their adapted leadership and advocacy training at national level based on the initial ‘master’ training
- Form a regional network of WWDs
- Design & plan national advocacy and communication strategies for the rights of WWDs
- Develop WWD leadership training modules including a resource base of materials
PARTICIPANTS (Criteria for selection):
The training is open to WWDs and organizations, who will be able to carry out the national level trainings in their respective countries after this initial workshop. They should be well networked and able to mobilize people and resources. They will need some experience of leadership and an ability to motivate others. A working knowledge of English is required, as is the ability to organize and host training events.
Priority will be given to WWD themselves and organizations working to further the rights of WWD
CONTENT OF TRAINING:
Regional Leadership Training: (TOT): 7 days.
- Sharing of project and training objectives, finalizing draft schedule and participatory agenda setting
- Meaning, Necessity
- Quality of a leader
- Good / effective communication
- Communication tools
- Development of Advocacy frameworks
- Advocacy & lobbying – what, why & how
- Understanding rights, including human rights, rights of women, rights of disabled
- Significance of human rights instruments (national & international) – CEDAW, UNCRPD, BMF etc.
- Use and limitations of these instruments
- Social mobilization to achieve rights
- Analysis of legislation and policies
- Organizing people in groups
- Mobilizing and managing groups
- Strengthening group dynamics
- Setting targets for group
- Why? The benefits and challenges
- Making it effective & sustainable
- Setting vision and target activities
- Adapting ‘master’ training to national level
- Content development / modification
- Quality assurance – M&E
- Participatory approaches
- Skills development
- How to engage with media
- How to promote issues
- Media literacy
- Strategy development
- Integrating into existing national and local initiatives
- Monitoring and Evaluation
The training will be highly participatory, drawing on the experience of the participants to develop and improve our collective knowledge base. Trainers will be from a variety of backgrounds and specialisms including advocacy expertise, network strengthening, media, project planning and management and leadership skills development.
25 places will be fully supported including travel, food, accommodation and a small allowance.
Workshop Venue – Kolkota (to be confirmed)
Dates – mid February 2008 (to be confirmed)
If you are interested to attend this workshop please email a one page letter outlining:
your interest in this field of work
your experience in disability activism and rights based approaches
your experience and capacity to take the work forward at national level
Ms Kuhu Das: firstname.lastname@example.org (Regional coordinator – AWWD India)
and Mr David Curtis: email@example.com (Head of Programme and Capacity Development, Healthlink Worldwide, UK)
Closing date for applications: January 5th 2008.
A selection committee comprising members from the four lead organizations will assess each application. Please remember that after the initial ‘master’ training, there will be national level trainings in each of the countries in the region so there will be further opportunities to engage at national level.
This workshop is part of the ‘Creating Spaces – for women with disabilities (WWD) to communicate and advocate for their rights’ project – a collaborative initiative from Association of Women with Disabilities (AWWD) – India, Association for Women with Disabilities (Akasa), Sri Lanka, Social Assistance for the Rehabilitation of the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) Bangladesh and Healthlink Worldwide, UK
The project is funded by UK Department for International Development (DfID)
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