The Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) from Zimbabwe launched a professional training programme in human rights recently.
“The programme aims to increase the participants’ ability to identify human rights issues and to apply human rights standards in their different fields of operation, for example regarding issues of gender equality and vulnerable groups,” says Mikael Johansson, Senior Policy Adviser on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights and interim team leader of the Institute’s Justice Team.
The training targets members of academia, independent research centres, civil society organisations, government institutions and independent commissions from Zimbabwe. “In addition to increase knowledge, we hope that the programme leads to increased interaction on human rights issues between participating representatives and institutions,” says Johansson.
The programme forms part of RWI’s Human Rights Capacity Development Programme for Zimbabwe 2016-2018, which is funded by Swedish Development Cooperation. The overall objective is to contribute to increased enjoyment of constitutional rights in Zimbabwe, through legislation, policies, practices and decision-making being increasingly informed by International human rights standards and principles.
After this first step of the programme is completed, the participants will go to Sweden for two weeks of additional training in November and finish in Harare in December. This is the first in a series of Professional Training Programmes to be rolled out over the next two and a half years.