Human Rights of Women in the context of Climate Change & Displacement

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights (RWI) working in collaboration with the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) held Phase 3 of the human rights Professional Training Programme (PTP) in Harare, Zimbabwe from the 25th to the 27th of November 2020.

The programme ran under the theme, “Human Rights of Women in the context of Climate Change & Displacement”. Participants were tasked with presenting their proposed action plans for their projects on a human rights topic of their choosing. The projects and plans were informed by the knowledge and skills acquired during phases 1 and 2 of the PTP. Phase 3 provided participants with the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from PTP coordinators and colleagues. It also offered a forum for the exchanging of ideas for tackling concerns about the relevance and visibility of each action plan.

To enhance the participants’ knowledge and skill in project development and implementation, the action plans were strategically structured to incorporate components speaking to activity plans, objectives and beneficiaries, expected results, evaluation and monitoring.

Predominantly centered on the central PTP theme of on human rights, women, climate change and displacement the action plans presented included the following:


  • Raising awareness among women and girls on their human rights and their right to access agricultural land post-disaster situation.
  • Training of police officers on disaster response and management with a focus on the rights of women.
  • Delivering a public lecture on human rights and climate change.
  • Developing policy and discussion papers on climate change.
  • Conducting research to establish the effects of climate change on victims in Chingwizi.
  • The effects of drought on women-headed households.

Programme participants will undergo the final training under Phase 4 session in 2021 where they will report on the implementation of their projects.