VIII International Human Rights Colloquium

Posted on 18 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, Uncategorized, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , |


VIII International Human Rights Colloquium
“60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Challenges for the Global South”

8 to 15 november 2008, sao paulo, brazil

What is the International Human Rights Colloquium?
The Colloquium is an annual capacity building and peer-learning event designed for young activists from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America). The objective of the VIII International Human Rights Colloquium is to strengthen the impact of human rights activists work and to offer the opportunity to build new collaborative networks among activists, academics and the Organization of the United Nations (ONU). 

The Colloquium offers lectures, seminars and working groups. In the morning sessions, participants will attend lectures, while in the afternoon sessions, they will take part in workshops and working groups, as well as visit human rights organizations.

The VIII Colloquium is organized by Conectas Human Rights together with Sur – Human Rights University Network. The VIII Colloquium is supported by Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), among others.

Who can apply?
Young human rights defenders from the Global South who demonstrate commitment to the human rights cause as well as at least two-years of professional experience in the area. Additionally, criteria such as race, gender, and regional/social origin will be taken into
consideration during the selection process. Candidates who have participated in previous colloquia are not eligible for participation in 2008.

Fees and Scholarships
In order to cover costs, each participant must pay a participation fee.  A limited number of scholarships will be granted to guarantee participation of individuals. Candidates should submit a written request along with the application to be considered for a scholarship.

Required documents:

  • Application form;
  • 1 Reference Letter (to be sent by mail or e-mail);
  • Letter of Support from your organization;
  • Resume/C.V. (1 page);
  • Writing sample (1 page)

 Applications for the VIII International Human Rights Colloquium will be accepted until June 30th, 2008.

Candidates can apply on-line at (NOT at We Can Do) or download the application form (Word format, 155 Kb). The off-line version of the Application Form should be submitted by e-mail to Candidates will be notified on August 1st, 2008.

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 For more information, please visit: or email (NOT We Can Do!)

Information is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

I am not familiar with what accommodations the Colloquium organizers are able to offer to participants with disabilities. Interested parties are urged to communicate directly with them (email, NOT We Can Do) regarding their needs.

Anyone with prior experience with this colloquium is encouraged to leave comments in the comments area below.

We Can Do received this announcement via the Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD) listserve. Readers may join the GPDD listserve for themselves by contacting Maria Reina at

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: International Service Human Rights Awards

Posted on 28 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

International Service, a development agency that works in Latin America, West Africa, and the Middle East, is seeking nominations for its annual International Service Human Rights Awards.

We Can Do readers should please note that one of their categories is for grass roots activists or organizations working in the area of disability rights. This would be an opportunity for readers to help bring attention and recognition to a leader in the disability rights advocacy field who you have long admired. Rosangela Berman-Bieler was recognized in 2007.

The submission deadline is July 3, 2008.

International Service Human Rights Awards

Introduction and Guidelines
The International Service Human Rights Awards recognise grassroots organisations, international development workers and activists who work for change at a local, national or international level.

The Awards aim to honour organisations and individuals that work at the very grassroots level in promoting human rights and effecting real change in the lives of people. They seek to celebrate the work of the ‘unsung heroes’ in the struggle for human rights. These Awards are meant to complement rather than compete with other awards honouring people who promote social, economic and political change around the world.

The Awards have four objectives:

1. To affirm the importance of the work which is aimed at changing the things that cause people in society to be excluded, impoverished or disempowered.
2. To promote the importance of doing this work in a way which demonstrates an attitude of fundamental respect for all people, but especially for those who suffer from poverty and injustice.
3. To raise the profile of the individual or organisational achievement via press coverage in the UK and in the country in which the organisation or individual is based.
4. To complement existing higher profile awards in recognising grassroots work.

Eligibility criteria
Nominees must be individuals or organisations (including local partner organisations and international NGOs) working in development in any county in the world. Nominees can be nominated by international development agencies and human rights organisations. The activities referred to in the nomination must be activities which are currently underway or have recently been completed.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Women
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to empower, protect or promote women’s rights.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Children
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to protect children’s rights through access to healthcare, education or positive recreation.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Disabled People
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to achieve equal opportunities for disabled people.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to stop the spread of HIV/Aids in any country or empowered those who have already contracted the disease.

The Global Human Rights Defender
The prize will be given in recognition of someone who uses their influence or celebrity to campaign for human rights for all. International Service believes that grassroots work can also be promoted by individuals or organisations that use their influence or celebrity to raise the profile of the struggle for universal human rights.

Submission deadline
Thursday 3rd July 2008

Our panel of judges will meet to assess the nominations and agree upon a winner in each category. The judges’ decisions will be advertised in the International Service Human Rights Awards website ( within a period of two months after the submission deadline. Winners will be contacted to inform them about the results. International Service will not contact unsuccessful entries, but enquiries can be made.

Awards presentation
The International Service Human Rights Awards presentation will take place on 8th December 2008 at the Terrace Marquee at the House of Commons.

The judging panel
The composition of the jury panel aims to include individuals from a wide range of backgrounds with interest in human rights. The 2008 panel is composed of people from the corporate, academic and development sectors.
• Haleh Afshar
• Marika Freris
• Tim Hancock
• Bryan Sanderson
• Candy Whittome

The decision of the judges will be final.

How to fill in the entry form
Each entrant is required to submit a completed entry form. You can download the awards entry form in Word format (176 Kb) at, or you can download the awards entry form in PDF format (57 Kb) at

Please send completed entry forms and any supporting materials to or to Human Rights Awards, International Service, 57 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7FX, England.

Electronic supporting materials should be in pdf, rtf, Windows Office XP or previous versions, jpeg or gif formats.

For further detail on the International Service Human Rights Awards, please consult their web site at

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact International Service on 01904 647799 or Valeria Guarneros at

Thank you to Valeria Guarneros for submitting this announcement to We Can Do. Readers with inquiries about this announcement should please either consult the awards web site or contact Valeria Guarneros, not We Can Do.

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TRAINING: Community-Based Rehabilitation Training and Management

Posted on 9 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Opportunities, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please note that this blog post contains two separate announcements for two separate training opportunities from the same Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) training program in the Netherlands. Read carefully to determine which is best suited to your needs. Inquiries should be made directly to Huib Cornielje.

Two week Training of Trainers in CBR programme in The Netherlands
Enablement (Alphen aan den Rijn) in collaboration with a number of training experts are in currently developing a new course: TOT in CBR. The course is scheduled for the 25th of August to the 5th of September. This course is of particular importance if you want to know more about training and education with a special focus on training staff in CBR. Besides some theoretical background the course in particular will focus on practical applications; participatory methodologies; case study writing; group dynamics and facilitation skills.
More information will follow. If you do have an interest to participate please do contact Huib Cornielje at

Announcement of the 2008 CBR Management course in The Netherlands
Enablement is pleased to inform you that in 2008 (from September 15 to October 10) again a 4-week International Course in Management of Disability and Rehabilitation is being offered to rehabilitation professionals and disability and development workers and activists. Serious candidates should apply well in advance and if you intend to attend this course or intend to send someone to this course please fill out the online application form at

Participants who attended the 2007 course came from a number of interesting projects in the following countries: Malawi, Rwanda, China, Japan, Germany, Nicaragua, The Philippines, Mexico, Cambodia, Indonesia and The Netherlands.

The courses are conducted under the leadership of Huib Cornielje and Roelie Wolting. Besides, a number of Dutch trainers and international experts will play an important role in the training. The following international disability and CBR experts and trainers are on a regular basis involved in the course:

  • Prof. Patrick. Devlieger, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr. M. Miles, Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Maya Thomas, senior consultant, India
  • Mr David Werner, CBR expert, USA
  • Mr Peter Coleridge, consultant, UK
  • Mrs Susie Miles, specialist in special needs education, UK
  • Mr Nick Heeren, CIEDEL, France

Huib Cornielje

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