CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Isis International would like you to apply for the
for Women Human Rights Defenders
5-12 April 2014 in Manila, Philippines
(Deadline for Application – 31 January 2014)
The Isis International Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders is an 8-day training for
human rights or women’s human rights advocates working in conflict and
politically dangerous situations. Women human rights defenders (WHRD) promote
and protect their own rights, and the rights of others. WHRDs face a litany of
threats in their line of work. This is exacerbated by the fact that they
are women challenging the status quo, or because of the nature of their work
which focuses on defending women’s human rights. The current backlash against
women’s struggles and their achievements have made these risks and attacks more
grave and incessant.
distinct challenges faced by WHRDs haves recently become recognised in the
context of the United Nations. In November 2013, the United Nations adopted the
first ever resolution on WHRDs which takes a step forward in their protection.
However, recognition and resolutions alone aren’t sufficient for supporting
WHRDs working on the ground. This Isis International Activist School aims to further strengthen and support WHRDs in East and South East Asia,
and provide analytical and reflective spaces for their exchange of survival
strategies and experiences of enhanced sustainability. We aim to do this
by providing a multidimensional and holistic training approach that starts from
self to larger social transformation issues.
training will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a deeper
reflectiveness of self, motivations and values that then connects with one’s
relationship to their organisation/community and the movements they are a part
of, and the change that they seek to bring about. This will be combined with
feminist consciousness raising and the development of feminist frameworks of
analysis. Participants will gain tools for assessing risk and improving self-care
and security, along with a deepened understanding of the legal and political
human rights of WHRDs and how these can be asserted in their local contexts.
The training will also build communication skills in advocacy for WHRD.
Additionally, there will be a special focus on heightening activists’
understanding of organizations, networks and movements and how to lead these
Who can participate?
This Isis International Activist School is for human rights or women’s human rights advocates
working in conflict and politically dangerous situations. Women, men and
transpeople are all welcome. Priority will be given to those who represent
marginalized communities/organizations. Young women leaders or women young to
the women’s movement, members of a network that needs strengthening, and human
rights advocates working at the grassroots level from East and South East Asia
are encouraged to apply. There is no age limitation to those applying, but
priority will be given to those who have not had previous opportunities. The
workshop Activist School will primarily be conducted in English, so proficiency in
English is a requirement. We will look into requests for translators on a case
by case basis. Given limited resources, however, this will only be
provided if absolutely necessary.
The Isis International Women’s House will
serve as the venue and accommodation for this training. Full scholarships to
attend the training are provided for applicants selected from Southeast Asia, China and Mongolia.
Isis International will cover the selected participant’s airfare, land travels
(to and from the airport), accommodation and a modest per diem for evening
meals. Participants are expected to cover other personal expenses including
communications and personal needs. Depending on the best rate that can be
attained, participants may be asked to book and purchase their ticket from
their home countries and will be fully reimbursed upon submission of receipts
unfortunately unable to provide scholarships for participants from Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, Hong Kong or South Korea, but they are welcome to apply to attend at their own
costs. For participants from these countries, the expenses that they would to
need to cover include: flights, other travel expenses and accommodation. Meals
during the day will be provided, while participants from these countries will
have to cover breakfast and dinner at their own expense. The training will be
provided for free and no registration fee is required.
must have a valid passport and the capacity to attain a Philippine visa if
necessary. For participants receiving a full scholarship, Isis International
will cover the cost of the visa only and expect the selected participant to
cover any incurred expenses to attain it (such as travel and accommodation) as
participants’ counterpart contribution. Isis International will not cover the
cost of renewing your passport.
Interested in participating in the Isis
for Women Human Rights Defenders?
apply online or download the
application form and send to email@example.com on or before 31
For further inquiries please contact:
3 Marunong Street,
Quezon City 1100, Philippines
Tel. +63 2 928 19 56
Fax +63 2 924 10 65