The “CEDAW for Change” Institute:

Are you a women’s human rights defender?  Do you want to increase your understanding of women’s human rights, and learn how to use the UN Human Rights system and CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to support your activism?

June 20-25, 2016, Costa Rica


Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about women’s human rights education and activism at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), a collaboration between the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Fundación Justicia y Género of Costa Rica.

This one week educational program, held in English, will focus on understanding and utilizing the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other mechanisms of the women’s human rights system as a tool for activism, feminist analysis and awareness-raising on women’s human rights. 

The program will be held on the beautiful campus of the UN University for Peace, in Ciudad Colon, close to the capital of San Jose.

Organizations:  WHRI - Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, University of Toronto;  Fundación Justicia y Género Costa Rica; UN University for Peace; Just Associates (JASS).

Directed by Alda Facio, LLP, Expert Member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice with Martha Morgan, JD, and Angela Lytle, MEd

For more information on this program please visit:


Note:  The WHRI offers a limited number of discounts and tuition scholarships for each program, with a focus on WHR defenders from the Global South, Indigenous women activists, young women activists, LBT activists, and other groups of women under-represented in international human rights processes.  We also offer discounts for full-time students and those on a very limited income, on a case by case basis.  Please note that in all cases, participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, so start fundraising early.  More information about costs and discounts is available on the website.


Additional Programs in 2016:


Training in Spanish:

We will also be offering a Spanish-language “CEDAW for Change” in September in Costa Rica in collaboration with the Fundacion Justicia y Genero.  This training will be designed specifically for administrators of justice.  More details will be available soon on our website.


For inquiries, contact WHRI Communications Officer Hala Zabaneh at 


Please read the information on our website carefully before contacting us with specific questions, as we are unable to answer general inquiries due to the volume of requests.