THE SCOPE, AIMS AND BENEFICIARIES OF HREP
In order to enable women to exercise their rights in the private and public spheres, prevent or overcome any violations of these rights, and collectively mobilize through grassroots organizing for social, legal, and political change, HREP seeks to achieve the following main aims:
⦁ Develop an awareness of universal norms and existing national legislation on human rights and women’s human rights,
⦁ Compensate for the shortcomings of limited state efforts to inform and educate citizens on human rights and women’s human rights,
⦁ Equip women with grassroots organizational skills for the full and effective exercise of their existing rights and encourage them to organize and mobilize around their self-identified needs.
Specific objectives of the program:
⦁ Enable women to gain awareness of their rights as equal citizens,
⦁ Support women in developing strategies for the integration of rights awareness into everyday practice and the implementation of their legal rights codified in national and international law in daily life, including in the face of “unwritten laws” dictated by custom and tradition,
⦁ Serve as a catalyst for women’s organizing efforts on the local, national and international levels and support grassroots organizing initiatives.
Program content and methodology
Exploring various human rights areas identified in national and international law within a women’s human rights framework, HREP maintains a focus on women’s grassroots organizing and mobilization for social change throughout. The program also aims to create awareness on legal literacy, support women’s self-empowerment, and build solidarity among local group members as well as with other HREP groups across the country. Inviting participants to discuss their own personal experiences on women’s human rights and rights violations, the program employs internationally applied feminist tools and methods in developing and bringing to life a critical consciousness in women, adopting a non-hierarchical approach in relations between participants and group facilitators. Women participating in the program meet once a week in half-day sessions for a period of 16 weeks, taking part in group discussions and activities led by their HREP group facilitator around the following topics:
1. Introduction, Presentation of the Human Rights Education Program for Women, and Needs Assessment
2. Women’s Human Rights
3. Constitutional and Civil Rights
4. Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
5. Strategies Against Violence
6. Women’s Economic Rights – Section I
7. Women’s Economic Rights – Section II
8. Communication Skills – Section I
9. Communication Skills – Section II
10. Gender Sensitive Parenting and the Rights of the Child
11. Women and Sexuality – Section I
12. Women and Sexuality – Section II
13. Women and Reproductive Rights
14. Women and Politics
15. Feminism and the Women’s Movement
16. Women’s Grassroots Organizing
Beneficiary groups of the program
⦁ Adult women in contact with or receiving support from Women’s Counseling Centers or other municipality units providing support services to women under municipalities that are current or potential partners of HREP,
⦁ Adult women receiving support from women’s organizations that are current or potential partners of HREP,
⦁ Over 15,000 women who have completed HREP,
⦁ Around 300 certified HREP trainers who have completed the HREP Trainer Training.
Indirect beneficiaries of HREP consist of persons and groups that haven’t participated in the program but are on the receiving end of its multiplier effect.
⦁ Family members, friends and acquaintances influenced by the increased knowledge, skills and actions of HREP participants,
⦁ Communities, civil organizations and women’s groups/organizations HREP participants are affiliated with,
⦁ Women’s organizations/initiatives founded by HREP participants or group facilitators,
⦁ Women employed in municipalities, women’s organizations or rights-based civil society organizations operating in other areas that are current or potential HREP partners.