INTERNSHIP: Lawyers on Disability in Africa

Posted on 24 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

INTERIGHTS. London, UK.

Closing date: February 09, 2009.
Description:

Internship for Lawyers Working on Disability in Africa
Equality Programme

INTERIGHTS’ Equality Programme is pleased to invite applications for an internship as part of the development and implementation of its work to advance the rights of people with disabilities in Africa. The three-month internship will begin in April 2009 and will be based in London.

This full-time placement will provide an opportunity for a lawyer with knowledge of disability issues and litigation experience in Africa to develop their legal skills whilst assisting our programme with:

· Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice with respect to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities;

· Preparation of materials for legal training on the application and development of equality standards;

· Strategic programme development.

Where possible, the intern may attend meetings with human rights practitioners, human rights lectures, or visit other international or national human rights organisations based in London.

INTERIGHTS will arrange and pay for travel. The intern will receive a monthly salary of £1,200. Accommodation is not provided but INTERIGHTS can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.

To Apply:

Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read the attached person specification. To apply please send a covering letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two referees and a recent writing sample of no more than two thousand words.

Applications should be sent to Chloe Marong, Legal Team Administrator, by email to cmarong@interights.org.
The closing date for applications is Monday 09 February 2009.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Website: http://www.interights.org/Vacancies/index.htm
Article License: Copyright – Article License Holder: INTERIGHT

Person Specification
Essential
• Law qualification
• Extensive experience in litigating before domestic and/or regional courts in Africa
• Experience of working in the human rights sector in Africa
• Experience of working in the area of disability rights
• Sophisticated understanding of issues relating to the human rights of people with disabilities and relevant legal standards
• Strong research, analytical and writing skills
• Fluency in English

Desirable
• Connections with disabled people’s groups in home region / internationally
• Familiarity with international human rights standards and mechanisms
• Familiarity with non-discrimination and equality legal standards internationally
• Previous experience of working in an NGO setting
• Fluency in French

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

About INTERIGHTS
INTERIGHTS is an international legal centre based in London which develops and promotes the legal protection of human rights worldwide. Set up as a charity in 1982, in co-operation with lawyers, non-governmental organisations and judges, it has since promoted the effective use of human rights law by fully realising and exploiting all legal avenues available to protect these rights, and by providing greater global access to information on judicial decisions concerning human rights. INTERIGHTS holds consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, the Council of Europe and the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, and is authorised to present collective complaints under the European Social Charter. A registered charity, INTERIGHTS is dependent on grants from foundations and on donations from individuals. (See www.interights.org)

The Equality Programme works to address discrimination in many forms, based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation at national and regional level.

INTERIGHTS is committed to equal opportunities.



I received this announcement via Joan Durocher, who frequently disseminates announcements like this one from a range of sources.

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NEWS: Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum Founded

Posted on 8 April 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ghulam Nabi Nizamani has asked that people circulate the following press release.

COMMONWEALTH DISABLED PEOPLES’ FORUM

Press Release

A New Voice Shouts to the Commonwealth –
Nothing About us Without Us.

Disabled youth and adult people from 16 Commonwealth countries came together from 15-17 March, 2008 in London to launch a unique Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum (1), the purposes of which will be to provide a link between disabled people’s organisations in all Commonwealth countries and all the political structures of the Commonwealth.

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2007 the civil society challenge to CHOGM was to mainstream disability in sustainable development, to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and to adopt disability inclusive policies. This cannot be achieved without a strong, democratic forum of disabled youth and adults to ensure implementation.

We had a vibrant and dynamic series of meetings to consolidate the vision, constitution and activities of the Forum (2). The youth met separately to devise their own creative methods of self representation and organisation. We came together in a final agreement of how to go forward together. It is essential that the voice of young disabled people is heard clearly in the work of the CDPF. They are the future leaders and builders of our shared vision of a Commonwealth built on equality, human rights and respect for diversity.

The major focus of our work in the next two years, including a major conference before CHOGM in 2009, will be to ensure that Commonwealth countries sign, ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. As Rachel Kachaje said at the Launch of the CDPF, hosted by the Commonwealth Foundation at Marlborough House,
‘Disabled people see that hope springs out of the convention – hope for a new, inclusive world where disabled people can be seen as fully human’

We, All Sanghar Handicaps’ Association Pakistan are very proud to have part of this exciting new beginning and look forward to working with our disabled colleagues to ensure our full inclusion in all the nations of our shared Commonwealth.

For further information contact:
Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
South Asia /South East Asia Regional Representative
Bakhoro Road Sanghar-68100, Pakistan. (3)
Ph # +92-333-2916281
Email: ghulamnabi.nizamani@gmail.com (4)

(1) This meeting was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation, DFID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and ADD.
(2) Officers elected were: Chair: James Mwanda (Uganda), Vice Chair: George Daniel (Tinidad & Tobago), Secretary: Javed Abidi (India), Treasurer: Richard Rieser (UK), Women’s Representative: Rachel Kachaje, (Malawi) Youth Representatives: Laura Kanusu (Uganda)
George Kasara (Kenya), Regional Representatives: Ghulam Nabi Nizaamani (Pakistan), Lesley Emmanuel (Antigua), Setareki Macanawai (Fiji), Steve Estey (Canada) Thomas Ongolo (South Africa).
(3) The registered office of the CDPF will be in India and there will be a liaison office in the UK to work directly with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation.
(4) This email address can be changed after website of CDPF.



In addition to the above press release, Ghulam Nabi Nizamani also made the following note in mid March:

The following countries from South Asia and South East Asia are member countries of Commonwealth. These Countries are invited to submit application for Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum (CDPF) Country Focal Point.
Bangladesh
Brunei Darussalam
India
Malaysia
Maldives
Pakistan
Singapore
Sri Lanka

The Organization must be National Level Organization in respective country if in any country there will be no National Organization we will support to encourage to estabilish National organization in that country. Please also send establishment date of Organization, Network in the Country, Some credible work done in past. Please send information by mail or email before the first week of April 2008.

Cheers!
Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
Regional Representative CDPF
South and South East Asia

Note: We have no contact from Brunei Darussalam please help us for finding National organization there.



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for sharing the above press release. Any inquiries should please be emailed to him directly at ghulamnabi.nizamani@gmail.com.

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ILO Training course for professionals from developing countries

Posted on 24 July 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Employment | Tags: , , , , , |

 This is another announcement that I first saw on the Intl-Dev mailing list:

<b>Labour market integration of people with disabilities</b>
ILO Training course for professionals from developing countries
Dates: 15 – 24 October 2007
Language: English

Venue: Turin
<>Study visit: London, UK (21 – 24 October)

From:

Alessandra Molz, Programme Officer

<>Turin, 22 June 2007

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have the pleasure of announcing that the ILO International Training Centre is offering a course on “Labour market integration of people with disabilities” (course A900838). The course language will be English and registration is open to policy makers, researchers and representatives of institutions working on disability and social inclusion issues. Participants from Africa, Arab States, Asia, the Pacific, the CIS, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean are welcome to apply.

This course offers participants the possibility to learn more about legislation, mechanisms and effective measures for the labour market integration of people with disabilities, as well as to strengthen their capacity to analyse and design comprehensive policies. It also provides the opportunity to get to know the experience and good practice of different European countries and an excellent forum for knowledge-sharing and networking across countries and continents.

The conditions of participation are the following:

COSTS

The price of the course is US$ 4,490. This amount includes the cost of training and subsistence (full board and lodging at the Turin Centre and during the study tour).

FELLOWSHIPS

The ILO International Training Centre offers a number of partial fellowships to co-finance the costs of the course. If you wish to apply for a fellowship, please contact us as soon as possible. The partial fellowships are for US$ 2,000. The difference is US$ 2,490.

Participants or institutions that do not have enough funds to cover the difference of the cost of the course or the airfare might wish to seek co-funding from donor institutions in their own countries. Some development agencies, development banks and embassies provide co-funding for training.

AIR TRAVEL

Not included is the cost of international air travel from the country of origin to Turin and from Turin to London (study tour), which has to be covered by the participants.

The study tour will take place at the end of the course (21 – 24 October). We recommend that participants book the following ticket routing: home country – Turin – London (4 days’ stopover) – home country.

APPLICATION

In order to register and to apply for a partial fellowship, please send us:

1. A completed nomination form (attached);
2.  A “letter of commitment” by the participant’s organization (or a donor organization) stating that it will cover:

a) the remaining cost of the course, namely US$ 2,490;
b) the international return ticket to Turin and the air ticket to London for the study tour.

These documents should be sent to:

Ms. Alessandra MOLZ: a.molz@itcilo.org. Tel: +39011693 6428

Ms. Elisabetta BELLORA: e.bellora@itcilo.org. Tel: +39011-693 6561. Fax: +39011-693 6451

For more information      <a href=”http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/eurpro/budapest/download/turin_flyer.pdf”>http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/eurpro/budapest/download/turin_flyer.pdf</a&gt;

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION

31 August 2007.

Yours sincerely,

Alessandra Molz

Programme Officer


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