PTP on human rights of women

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights (RWI), working in cooperation with the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), is currently holding its second Professional Training Programme on human rights (PTP) in 2020.

The current group is going through a week-long training session, and the theme for this group is, “human rights of women in the context of climate change and displacement.” The training session runs from the 5th of October 2020 to the 9th of October 2020, at Cresta Lodge, Harare, Zimbabwe.

CALR Research Fellow, Dr James Tsabora, led a training session on the 5th of October, 2020 to the themed, “introduction to human rights framework.” He guided participants through the interdependence of rights and spoke at great length about universalism versus cultural relativism. It was this last point that he used to highlight how different cultures shape, define, accept and protects rights.

Dr Tsabora also explored civil and political rights and explained to participants their status as first generation and how these rights are important in opening up the democratic space.

The group will undertake a series of training under themes which will include ‘protection of women’s rights in regional and international treaties’; ‘protection of women’s rights in the constitution of Zimbabwe and other legislation’; and many other related themes.

The group has had online sessions on modules which covered the following:

  • Utilization of national and international human rights mechanisms to monitor and enforce the rights of women.
  • Introduction to gender: concepts and definitions.
  • Gender, environment and human rights nexus.
  • Displacement in the context of disasters and climate change.