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Training Program for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Mainstreaming a Human Rights-Based Approach and Gender Equality

02.06.2021
EU TACSO 3 Project, organizes the training program "Mainstreaming a Human Rights-Based Approach and Gender Equality (HRBA)" on regional/advanced and basic/country-specific, for civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Western Balkans and Turkey in June and July 2021.

EU TACSO 3 Project, "Mainstreaming a Human Rights-Based Approach and Gender Equality (HRBA)" Training for civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Western Balkans and Turkey in June and July 2021, regional/advanced and basic/country-specific He organizes his program online.
The training program aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to CSOs from different thematic areas:

  1. SOs that specialize in how to promote and adopt all aspects of the human rights and gender equality approach, particularly working in specific thematic areas (for example, CSOs with a specific capacity, national and regional networks, donors, social service providers, capacity building) providers, etc.);
  2. CSOs with no or limited experience in mainstreaming human rights and gender equality, including local CSOs, grassroots organizations, and initiatives, as well as all other relevant CSOs.

While the training program covers the basic principles of the human rights approach, it aims to establish certain competencies to promote the human rights approach and gender equality in the work of CSOs. The training will also include examples of good practice in the application of the human rights approach. The specific objectives of the training are as follows;

  • Strengthening the organizational development of CSOs in a way that takes into account the intersection of rights and internalizes the human rights approach;
  • To promote the adoption of a rights-based perspective and gender equality in the activities of all CSOs, especially humanitarian organizations, philanthropy/donation-based CSOs, and emergency response;
  • Contribute to the monitoring activities of human rights organizations by providing practical support and guidance on the main principles and standards of the human rights approach.

You can apply for the relevant training in your preferred language by looking at the detailed program descriptions below and depending on your organization's level of experience in applying the human rights-based approach and gender equality principles. It will be considered appropriate for all CSOs to apply for only one training.

1. Three Half-Day Regional Advanced Training (14, 15, and 16 June 2021)

The training is in English;

The training program aims to cover the basic principles of the human rights-based approach and gender equality and to establish specific competencies for the human rights-based approach and gender equality mainstreaming in the work of CSOs. The training will also include examples of good practice in applying the human rights-based approach;
Dedicated to CSOs specializing in specific thematic areas (e.g. CSOs with a certain capacity, national and regional networks, donors, social service providers, capacity-strengthening organizations, etc.)

The mentoring support to be provided alongside the training program will be available until 30 June 2021. The main purpose of the mentoring support is to provide expert support so that regional advanced training participants can apply the knowledge gained during the practice training and provide feedback on possible improvements for their future work. Expert support will include providing feedback and suggestions on how to mainstream the human rights-based approach and gender equality in the organizational structures of the participating organizations, in the documents they produce, and in all other processes.

To provide effective training with an in-depth approach and practical implementations, the number of CSO networks, donors, social service providers, or capacity strengthening organizations selected for regional advanced level training will be limited (up to approximately 20 CSO networks/organizations).

Each CSO network or organization can apply with a maximum of two representatives to participate in the regional advanced level training. Participants recommended for participation in the training program are expected to be persons working in roles within the organizational culture that directly contribute to the adoption of new approaches and/or the provision of services to target groups. Training participants will be selected by the EU TACSO 3 Team based on the following criteria:

  • Organizations motivated to increase their knowledge and skills in the human rights approach and mainstreaming gender equality;
  • Organizations that demonstrate a particular need and motivation to adopt new approaches in their organizational culture and/or in serving target groups;
  • Organizations that propose participants who will directly contribute to the formulation of organizational internal policies and procedures, the adoption of new approaches within the organizational culture, and/or the implementation of new approaches in service delivery to target groups.
  • The regional training event will include a maximum of 40 CSO representatives from regional/national CSO networks, grant/social service provider organizations, and capacity-strengthening organizations.

CSOs (especially CSOs with a certain capacity, national and regional networks, donors, social service providers, capacity building providers, etc.) wishing to apply for the training program can apply by filling in and submitting the application form until Monday, 7 June 2021.

2. Two Half-Day Basic Training:

  • Edited in the local languages of the Western Balkans and Turkey;
  • The training program aims to mainstream the human rights-based approach and gender equality in the work of CSOs, including the basic principles of the human rights approach, and to strengthen the role of CSOs to protect in emergencies;
  • It is dedicated to CSOs with no or limited experience in the human rights-based approach, including local CSOs, grassroots organizations, and initiatives, as well as all other relevant NGOs.

Basic Level Training will be organized according to the following plan:

  • 21 and 22 June, Education of Macedonia: Application deadline: Monday, 7 June; Application form
  • 23 and 24 June, Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro / Serbia: Application deadline: Monday, 7 June; Application form
  • 28 and 29 June, Education of Albania: Deadline for applications: Monday, 7 June; Application form
  • 30 June and 1 July, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro / Serbia Education: Application deadline: Monday, 7 June; Application form
  • 5 and 6 July, Turkey Education: Deadline for application: Monday, 7 June. Application form

To provide effective training with an in-depth approach and practical applications, the number of basic levels training participants will be limited to a maximum of 30 CSO representatives. Participants recommended participating in the training program are expected to be people working in roles that directly contribute to the adoption of new approaches and/or the provision of services to target groups within the organizational culture. Training participants will be selected by the EU TACSO 3 Team based on the following criteria:

  • Organizations motivated to increase their knowledge and skills in the human rights approach and mainstreaming gender equality;
  • Organizations that demonstrate a particular need and motivation to adopt new approaches in their organizational culture and/or in providing services to target groups (for example, sharing information with other members of the organization, transferring information, etc.).

European Union TACSO 3 is a technical assistance project focusing on strengthening participatory democracies and harmonization processes with the EU in the Western Balkans and Turkey (www.tacso.eu. In this sense, EU TACSO 3 aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to take an active role in democratic processes and to promote a conducive environment for the development of civil society and pluralistic media.

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