The Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute provides training for human rights defenders to broaden human rights awareness in the world.

Inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference, the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute was established to provide a secure space where human rights defenders, including civil servants, can develop their skills, exchange information and best practices, and establish new partnerships to confront pressing human rights crises around the world.

April, 2014:

Training for Women Human Rights Defenders: The objective of the course was to empower women human rights defenders and their organizations. Over the course of a week, they received capacity-building training in Russian and English to bolster their skills in researching, documenting, and analyzing human rights issues. During the week, they also attended events at the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute in Florence focusing on social media and human rights. Trainers from Civil Rights Defenders and the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute presented the program. Click here for more information.

July, 2014:

LGBTI Forum: This forum will bring together leaders from Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa to share and learn from their counterparts’ experiences. The conversation will focus on best practices and strategies that the two groups have developed in their respective countries. The forum is based on the idea that the defenders from both regions must develop local strategies to tackle similar challenges.  Further information will become available here.

July 14-18, 2014:

Training for government officials on the Inter-American System: This training is co-organized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), American University Washington College of Law (AU WCL), the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH) and is part of the activities of the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute around the world. The training will be conducted in parallel with the 151st session of the Inter-American Commission in Washington, D.C., from July 14 to 18, 2014. The training provides participants with practical training regarding functions and operations of the Inter-American Commission and Court. It also provides strategies and best practices for implementation of human rights standards at the local level. Click here for more information

September, 2014:

Training on Human Rights Protection Mechanisms: The Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute is proud to present the second annual training on Human Rights Protection Mechanisms. The training will convene expert litigators from different regions in order to exchange knowledge and best practices for improving litigation strategies. The courses aim at building bridges between practitioners from different sectors and uniting them to advance human rights through successful litigation. Click here for more information

October, 2014:

Training on the Inter-American Rights Mechanisms: This training designed for civil society organizations aims at increasing their capacity and tools for the use of international and regional mechanisms to further their mission. The course is co-organized with the Inter-American Commission, American University, University of Texas and the Inter – American Institute, and is held in parallel with the Inter-American Commission. Click here for more information.

November, 2014: 

Training for Women Human Rights Defenders in the digital era: The training is aimed at activists working in womens’ rights organizations focused on issues of women in power. During the course of the week, they will develop new strategies for achieving their goals and will receive training on helpful digital tools and best practices. This training is by invitation only.

December, 2014:

Expert Group Meeting – Due Diligence and the Role of the State: Discrimination against Women in Family and Cultural Life: The Due Diligence Project plans to convene a small expert group meeting to further critically explore, analyse, and formulate strategies on human rights and its intersections with culture, religion with particular attention to their impact on the family, generally as well as the growing conservatism challenging women’s human rights and State obligation in  addressing these challenges. This meeting is by invitation only.

March, 2015:

Regional training on best practices: Mining and Large Dams: A week-long training session co-organized with AIDA, a nonprofit organization focused on environmental law, the course is designed for representatives from key regulatory agencies who oversee or review proposals for hydroelectric and mining projects. The workshops will be led by experts in environmental science, law, and policy. Representatives from key international organizations such as UNEP, UNDP, and the Inter-American Development Bank will also present.  Participants will learn about applicable international law and best practices. Further information will become available here.

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