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2017 CEDAW Training Programs

  • Are you a women’s human rights defender?
  • Do you want to increase your understanding of women’s human rights, and learn how to use the UN Human Rights system and CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to support your activism?

Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about women’s human rights education and activism at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), a collaborative program between the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Fundación Justicia y Género of Costa Rica.

The “CEDAW for Change” Institute - Toronto, July 24-28, 2017

Application period now open!

This five-day educational program, held on the campus of the University of Toronto, will focus on understanding and utilizing the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other mechanisms of the women’s human rights system as tools for activism, feminist analysis and women’s human rights movement-building. 

Application will be accepted until May 2017.

Directed by Alda Facio

Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist, and Chair and Special Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women (UN WGDAW)


  • Angela Lytle, WHRI ED and additional guest facilitators TBA
  • Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

More information on this program

UK - CEDAW for Change Institute, September 25 - 29, 2017: full info TBA

We are pleased to announce that we will also be offering a second public program in 2017, in collaboration with the Women’s Solidarity Fund, to be held at the International Gender Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK.  Details will be added to the website once particulars are fully confirmed.

We anticipate opening applications for this program in February 2017, so please keep an eye on the website for this information.  

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Note:  The WHRI  offers a limited number of discounts and fee waivers for each program, with a focus on WHR defenders from the Global South, Indigenous women activists, young women activists, LBT activists, dis/ability rights activists, and representatives of underfunded organizations with small annual budgets.  We also offer discounts for full-time students and those on a very limited income, on a case by case basis.  Please note that in all cases, participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, so start fundraising early.  More information about costs is available on the website.

For inquiries

  • Contact WHRI Communications Officer Hala Zabaneh at  
  • Please read the information on our website carefully before contacting us with specific questions, as we are unable to answer general inquiries due to the volume of requests.

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