The Institute is a unique initiative founded by the three partners in 2004 as a first-of-its-kind programme aimed at building the capacity of young lawyers from Central and Eastern European and the Newly Independent States (CEE/NIS) for litigation on women’s rights issues, including:violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and employment discrimination.
The Institute, organized by the BGRF in cooperation with its partners, has successfully completed two rounds: WHRTI 2004-2006 and WHRTI 2007-2009, where we have trained over 30 lawyers.
The WHRTI provides participants in-depth knowledge in women’s human rights protection in the three areas noted above. The WHRTI provides practical skills for development of strategic litigation in the region both at the national and international levels through using regional and universal human rights mechanisms such as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Optional Protocol to CEDAW as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Optional Protocol to ICCPR. The WHRTI also gives lawyers an opportunity to get acquainted with the EU standards in the field of equal treatment of women and men, including the case law of the European Court of Justice.
Twenty participants will be selected among practicing lawyers and legal counselors working with human rights or women’s rights NGOs in the region. Successful applicants will:have a demonstrated commitment to women’s human rights advocacy, to using the law creatively to secure redress for women’s rights violations. Read more...