CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: HUMAN RIGHTS CAPACITY-BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR ROMANI WOMEN ACTIVISTS IN RUSSIA The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) shall conduct a Human Rights Workshop for Romani Women in Russia during the first week of June 2005. The goal of the workshop is to develop the capacity of Romani women activists in Russia, as well as Russian-speaking Romani women from other countries of the former Soviet Union, to use international, regional and domestic human rights instruments and mechanisms to advance the rights of Roma, both domestically and internationally. The workshop aims to enable participants to: * Document instances of human rights violations of Romani women such as cases of trafficking, domestic violence, or discrimination in access to various services such as health care, education, employment, housing and social services * Analyse issues and situations affecting Romani women in Russia, based on international human rights instruments and principles * Develop skills in using domestic mechanisms (such as national legislation) and international human rights instruments to protect and promote the rights of Romani women * Strengthen skills in monitoring and reporting human rights violations, as well as advocating the rights of Russian Romani women * Increase the capacity of Romani women activists to apply their learning within their organisations and their communities * Explore opportunities for networking and developing partnerships with NGOs involved in women rights issues, as well as with government officials, to further advance the cause of Roma rights The workshop will be held near Volgograd. The workshop is a component of ERRC programming aimed at capacitating Romani women activists, and is therefore only open to Russian-speaking Romani women. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Application Procedure Applicants must: 1. Submit a 300-500 word essay in Russian or Romani: * giving basic details about themselves * explaining any human rights/Roma rights activities in which they have been involved to date * expressing why they would like to participate in the workshop, and how it would be useful for them and any future actions they would like to undertake in their Roma rights/human rights work 2. Provide a letter of recommendation from an NGO, community leader, professor or current employer. The letter should explain the nature of their relationship, how long they have known the applicant and highlight the main attributes of the applicant and whether they would be a suitable candidate for the workshop. We kindly request that all materials be submitted to the ERRC in one package. Applications missing one or more of these requirements will not be considered by the selection committee. Completed applications should be submitted to European Roma Rights Center, 1386 Budapest 62, P.O. Box 906/93, Hungary, or by fax to (+ 36 1) 413-2201, or by e-mail to Olga Chashchikhina: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing deadline for all applications is April 4, 2005. Please take note that this is an absolutely final deadline and any applications received after this date shall not be considered. Support for the workshop is provided by the Sigrid Rausing Trust. _____________________________________________ The European Roma Rights Center is an international public interest law organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the European Roma Rights Center, visit the ERRC on the web at http://www.errc.org. European Roma Rights Center 1386 Budapest 62 P.O. Box 906/93 Hungary Phone: +36 1 4132200 Fax: +36 1 4132201 ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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