Call for Applications: 5th Women’s Human Rights Training Institute Program

Deadline: August 23, 2013

After four successful rounds, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, together with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Network of East-West Women, and in cooperation with representatives of the Euro-regional Center for Public Initiatives, are pleased to announce the Call for Applications to participate in the fifth round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI) program. Applications are now accepted from practicing lawyers and legal counselors working with human rights or women’s rights NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.

The WHRTI is the first-of-its-kind program aimed at building the capacity of young lawyers from Central and Eastern European and the Newly Independent States for litigation on women’s rights issues, including violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and employment discrimination. The WHRTI also gives lawyers an opportunity to get acquainted with the EU standards in the field of equal treatment of women and men, including the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Twenty participants will be selected among practicing lawyers and legal counselors working with human rights or women’s rights NGOs in the region. Successful applicants should:

  • have a substantial and sustainable interest and a demonstrated commitment to women’s human rights advocacy and to using the law creatively to secure redress for women’s rights violations.
  • have a professional relationship/affiliation for at least one year prior to the application with an institution/organization that has capacity to litigate women’s rights cases or has experience with litigation and preferably focuses in its work on women’s human rights.
  • have demonstrated interest and basic knowledge of the international universal and regional human rights law, legal standards and instruments,
  • be committed and available to actively participate in all the four sessions of the Institute (approximately one week every six months) and to be involved in the intersessional work.
  • have fluency in written and spoken English, and advanced English language comprehension.

All expenses related to the selected participants’ attendance at the four sessions of the Institute are covered by the organizers.

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