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FOCUS June 1997 Volume 8

Events in the Region

  1. The Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will be holding a series of trainings on the following themes: feminist legal theory and practice (focusing on how to pursue law reform or develop litigation strategies for women); feminist approach to development and economic rights (focusing on economic rights and how development facilitates or impedes women's economic rights in the work place) ; and feminist approaches to women's human rights (focusing on developing feminist perspective on human rights through an analysis of the application of specific rights such as the right to life, right to equality and the right to liberty; and how to have a strategic use of such an analysis). The first and second themes will be held in the coming month of August 1997 while the date for the workshop on the second theme has not been set. The trainings are primarily meant for lawyers and activists. For further information contact: Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) 9th Floor, APDC Building, Pesiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, tel (603) 255 0648 to 49, fax (603) 254 1371.

  2. HURIGHTS OSAKA is planning to hold a regional meeting among representatives of government agencies and NGOs involved in human rights education in the formal education system. The meeting is tentatively set in September 1997. The meeting is part of the regional human rights education program of HURIGHTS OSAKA. The reports on the country researches made on the issue of cultural values and human rights (done in India, Sri Lanka, south Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia) will be presented and discussed on how they can be used in developing human rights education programs for schools. The results of this meeting will lead to the finalization of plans for subregional workshops on the same topic. For more information contact HURIGHTS OSAKA.

  3. The Canadian Human Rights Foundation (in cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines) is planning to hold a pilot training session for officials of national human rights institutions and related government offices in Asia. Participants will come from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. Representatives from non-governmental organizations are also going to be invited. The pilot session will be devoted to three main themes: core values and concepts of national human rights institutions; technical training; and role of the institutions in strenghtening the civil society. For more information contact: Canadian Human Rights Foundation, 1425, boul. Rene-Levesque Ouest, b. 307, Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3G 1T7; tel (514) 954-0382; fax (514) 954-0659; e-mail: chrf@vir.com


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