PDHRE is happy to present its 2001 annual report that includes reports on its
major programs, and notes from its board of directors meeting. The
organization had stayed close to its mandate to promote, organize and
facilitate the learning about human rights as a powerful tool for social
transformation and the strengthening of democracy everywhere.
The 9/11 tragedies affirmed the critical need for dialogue and discussions
about human dignity, social justice and democracy for all. It is an
imperative to eliminate violence and hate and to enable people to belong in
community in dignity and respect. We believe that a human rights culture
will contribute to the acceptance of the humanity of the other and insure
human security and peace.
We will continue In our mission to have people know and claim their human
rights to bring human rights to all now!
Human Rights Cities
In the years 2001, PDHRE, has continued to facilitate
the development of Human Rights Cities. Seven cities are implementing on
going programs; these are: Rosario, Argentina -pop. one million; Thies,
Senegal –Pop. 300,000, including 10 Human rights villages; Nagpur, India -
pop. 2.8 Million and Kati, Mali – pop. 50,000. Te Abra Indigenous
Municipality in the Philippines - pop-250.000. Dinajpur -Bangladesh, pop-
one Million; and Graz, Austria, pop 250,000. The programs in each of the
seven cities are driven by an exciting and expansive definition of human
rights learning as a tool for political, economic and social change. Each
of the seven cities held numerous learning programs with the following
constituencies: The Police, the judiciary, University students, indigenous
groups, women and labor groups. Town hall discussions in several of the
cities led to participation of citizens in the development plans and budget
consideration of the cities. In each of the cities workshops were held
discussing the position of women in society and the issues of gender
equality. In Many of the schools of these cities the Universal Declaration
was taught from k to 12 followed by art shows and theatrical reading of the
declaration. The training of teachers was part of this effort.
In general the human rights education seminars and
workshops held in the cities highlights the normative and empirical power
and limits of human rights as a tool in individual and collective efforts to
address inequalities, injustices, and abuses at home, in the work place, in
the streets, prisons, courts, and so on.
In a Board meeting held in June 2001 it was decided
to expand the development of human rights cities in the regions PDHRE is
working: South Asia, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa.
The guidelines for the further development of human
rights cities will be drawn from the experiences of the seven human rights
cities and the various strategies and methodologies developed by the various
Steering Committees of Human Rights cities.
By the end of the year several workshops and public
meetings were held both in Accra , Ghana and Barcelona, Spain where plans
for developing two additional human rights cities have been initiated.
Regional Learning Institutions for Human Rights Education, RLIHRE
During 2001 the Four
RLIHREs in Mali-Africa, Philippines-Asia Pacific, Argentina-Latin America
and India-South Asia, were established. Inaugural meetings were held in
India and in Mali followed by various seminars and workshop for teachers,
community leaders, the police and women groups also in Argentina and the
Philippines. Each one of the RLIHREs being adjacent to one of the human
rights cities, trainees undertook fieldwork in human rights education at the
the June Board meeting a decision was made to hold two six week training of
trainers workshops, twice a year, in each of the RLIHREs. These workshops
will service community leaders chosen from the NGO community in the specific
region. These seminars aim to support a new generations/cadres of human
rights educators who will establish ongoing programs for learning about the
human rights in their communities.
further develop the curricula and the pedagogy for these TOT an experts
meeting was held in Mali. Decision were taken to include in the curricula a
broad array of subjects such as: international financing, political economy,
psychology, sociology, cultural diversities, human rights and human rights
education for social transformation with a special focus on gender issues
Learning About the Human Rights of Women
Numerous training about the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW, were organized and facilitated by PDHRE.
These were held in Nigeria, Uganda, Mali, South Africa, Villages in Tamil
Nadu, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Manila, Taiwan, Peru and Costa Rica. For
that purpose it has used visual and written materials, introducing a
holistic human rights framework to women These materials include: “Women
Hold Up The Sky” a dramatic video series accompanied by a manual “Between
their stories and our realities...”, a comprehensive training manual
designed for educators and participants alike. (Available with English,
French and Spanish subtitles.)
At the world Human Rights International meeting on
Racism, held in Durban, South Africa the organization held a full day
workshop on Breaking Through the Vicious Cycle of Humiliation” examining
patriarchy as a root cause for human rights violation and racism.
Representatives of the organization had also participated in several panels
and held special
sessions with various governments representatives on the issues of racism
and human rights.
During 2001 the
editing of Passport to Dignity was completed and
brought to print. This workbook connects the 12 areas of concern of the
Beijing Platform for Action to the human rights framework.
For Justice a Human Rights Resource
Packets –a companion to “Passport”, was also completed. Its aim is to
build awareness of the governments’ human rights commitments and obligations.
editors have selected and awarded PDHRE’s website as ”one of the best on the
Internet when reviewed for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and
GENERAL NOTES FROM
THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors, at its June 2001 meeting, analyzed the gaps and
needs in the international arena regarding in-depth training and learning
about human rights and its relevance to human, social and economic
development and human security. Further discussed was the imperative of
developing human resources committed to promote the understanding and
integration of the human rights framework in policy discussions and
international program development. The Board also noted the numerous
requests from Missions to the UN and international organizations to learn
about the relevance of the human rights framework in their national and
international policies and resource development.
As a result of these discussions the Board has decided to establish an
International Learning Institution for Human Rights Education in New York City.
Some of the objectives identified by the Board are:
- Hold on
going training of trainers seminars and learning workshops with members of
the international community such as UN Agencies, UN Personnel, Government’s
Missions to the UN, and International NGOs working on economic and social
justice, to assist them in developing pedagogies specific to their needs;
and to facilitate the integration of the learning about human rights as well
as an integrated gender perspective in their training activities, so as to
include the holistic human rights framework in the development of policies,
resources, decision making, bi and multi lateral activities.
- Facilitate the integration of human rights education in the multitude of various
training seminar and workshops now offered by agencies such as UNITAR.
- Research and further develop methodologies, pedagogies, impact evaluation processes,
written and audio visual materials, to be translated into many languages, to
enhance the holistic learning about human rights throughout societies.
- Hold international collegiums on human rights education for social transformation
that aims to develop critical thinking and systemic analysis, using the
human rights framework as a guideline for meaningful change. (Breaking
through the vicious cycle of humiliation.)
- Create a reflective space for human rights educators and community leaders from
around the world to share experiences and further develop the praxis of
human rights education for social transformation at the community level to
support human rights education within diverse groups and cultures.
- Network, consult and facilitate, as needed, the activities of the RLIHREs.
In General PDHRE,
as advised by its Board and staff, continued its intervention at UN meetings
on development, women, and environment. It held workshops and meetings on
ESCR at the request of various communities, and prepared materials and
concept papers for the World Conference Against Racism. Furthermore, Human
Rights advocates from around the world attending yearly seminars at Columbia
University in New York received on going tutoring in the pedagogy of human
Prepared and Submitted
by Shulamith Koenig/ Executive Director
For more information, please
The People's Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE) / NY Office
Shulamith Koenig / Executive Director
526 West 111th Street, New York, NY 10025, USA
tel: +1 212.749-3156; fax: +1 212.666-6325