Call for Applications: Feminist Legal Theory and Practice Training
ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (FLTP) TRAINING
Deadline extended to 17 March 2014!
24-28 April 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will be conducting an Asia Pacific Regional Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) Training, which will be held in Cambodia, from 24-28 April 2014. This year, the Regional FLTP will focus on building the capacity of lawyers, activists, policy makers and implementers from across the region of Asia-Pacific to effectively use law as an instrument of change for equality, justice, peace and development.
FLTP training has been one of the core capacity building activities of APWLD that has now grown into a dynamic program that offers a unique model in the region. It enables participants to use feminist analysis and perspectives in legal practice and legal activism. The FLTP framework has feminism as its core and human rights as its foundation. The training seeks to challenge the traditional notion that law is a neutral, objective and rational set of rules, unaffected by the perspective of those who wield power in societies. Given that law (as culture, system and institution) is a reality that women face and engage with, it is essential for women’s rights activists to explore how law can be utilised to transform women’s lives. During the course participants apply feminist, human rights principles to a particular law, policy or practice limiting women’s human rights and are encouraged to develop strategies to effectively challenge discriminatory laws and practices.
To apply, please review details below and email/fax completed application form to APWLD
to the attention of:
Programme Officer, Feminist Law & Practice, APWLD
For applications through email, please indicate in the subject line “Application for Regional FLTP Training 2014”
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 17 March 2014, Thursday.
The specific objectives of the training are:
• To develop the capacity of participants to effectively challenge discriminatory laws and practices against women in their countries by applying international conventions and precedents as well as applying critical lens to the structural barriers women face
• To build knowledge and skills to analyse and critique discriminatory laws and practices from feminist and rights-based perspectives.
• To advocate for progressive feminist legislation and policy formulation at local and national levels
• To build a community of feminist activists, lawyers, policy makers and implementers who are committed to advance women’s rights through law.
The training will focus on the following themes: feminism as a tool and concept for understanding women’s realities; feminism and women’s movement; feminism and law; women, human rights and developments in international law; and strategies for feminist legal theory and practice.
People can apply based on the following criteria:
1. APWLD members as well as non-members from across Asia Pacific may apply.
2. Lawyers, paralegals, activists, policy makers and implementers who engage with law or use law to advance women’s rights may apply.
3. Proficiency in English, as the medium of communication and learning material will be in English. Applicants who are not proficient in English must indicate in their application and might also be considered where other participants have agreed to act as translators.
Participants will be selected based on the following considerations:
• Balance in sub-regional representation from Asia-Pacific.
• Combination of lawyers, activists, paralegals, policy makers and implementers engaging with the law for women’s human rights and social justice.
• Preference given to individuals with institutional affiliations and/or recommendations from APWLD network.
• The participant group size will be limited to 25.
Selected participants must:
• Attend the training in its entirety.
• Respond to emails in a timely way as that will be the main method of communicating regarding deadlines, registration, hotel and travel arrangements.
• Produce a Personal Action Plan towards the end of the training that demonstrates how they will utilise the training as part of an advocacy strategy to bring about changes in laws, policies or practices in their country.
• Commit to respond to periodic follow up from APWLD after the training.
• All applicants should submit a completed application form and send it along with their Curriculum Vitae (see attached application form)
• The recommending institution/organisation should certify that the person recommended has worked in the area of women’s human rights using law, and is committed to applying the core learning points from the training in their future policy advocacy work.
Cost of the Training and Sponsorship:
APWLD will cover costs of boarding and lodging for the 5-days training period. In addition, APWLD will also cover costs of discounted economy airfare, visa fee, airport tax, travel tax. All additional travel related expenses must be informed by the participant to APWLD beforehand for approval or participant will not be reimbursed for those expenses.
Only selected candidates will be contacted for further details.