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Dignity News


* It's A Wrap!

* Making ESCR Work in Malaysia

* From Solidarity to Advocacy


Other News

* ESCR-Net Members Demand that US Congress Respect Human Rights in Budget Decisions

* Building a Better World with Cooperatives

* The Right to Sanitation for Women and Girls

* Target for Universal Access to HIV Medicine is Missed

* Bangladesh: Men and Women Fight for Equal Rights to Land


Action Appeals

* Oxfam East Africa Appeal



* South Asia Social Forum: registration now open

* Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and their leader Frank Mugisha receives 2011 Rafto Prize

* Oxfam Seeks Haiti Associate Country Director

* Call for Applications: Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship



* CESCR 47th Session, UN New York

* 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education



* The Millennium Development Goals: Time to Deliver

* Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care









This is the last call for applications for Dignity International's 10th Annual Global Linking and Learning Programme.

For the 10th consecutive year, Dignity International will be organising our capacity building program on "Human Rights Based Development" in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from the 1st to 10th December 2011.









*** It's A Wrap! - After a 2-year long process, the first Train-Up Trainers (TUT) programme by Dignity International concluded with a Write-Shop in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Eight TUT participants from 7 countries participated in the closing workshop to review the first TUT process and also took the opportunity to write and re-write modules for the proposed Training Manual (Orange Manual) II.

The Train-Up Trainers was originally conceived as a 2-year program in September 2009 with the aim to increase the pool of trainers at an international and global level, in order to meet the increased demand for collaborative work with Dignity International (DI) and Dignity’s services.

From the 9th to 17th September 2009, the first Train-Up Trainers session took place in Mollina, Spain. Fifteen alumni from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda were invited by DI to participate in the TUT programme. The event was organised to coincide with the Annual University of Youth and Development organised by the North South Council of Europe, as to give the participants of the DI TUT a chance to facilitate various sessions that ran simultaneously during the Youth University.

Since Mollina, TUT participants have facilitated 48 local and 14 national level trainings in various countries within their own capacity as well as in collaboration with DI. DI also provided them with several opportunities to facilitate international workshops.


Dignity International's Train-Up Trainers participants
with guest speakers from IWRAW Asia Pacific


The TUT closing workshop from the 3rd to 10th of September 2011 gave the participants an opportunity to thoroughly review on the process of the first TUT programme. The TUT members then, reached a conclusion on the importance of ensuring better expectations and a clearer criteria on competency is followed in future TUT programmes. Towards this end, DI will work on a facilitators’ handbook as a guide for trainers, which includes detailed “Dos and Don’ts” as a facilitator.

On the other hand, the participants evaluated the DI Training Manual (which is commonly referred to as the Orange Manual) and rewrote several portions of it during the workshop. It is vital to ensure each section in the manual is equally strong and similar in design, thus the participants took up the responsibility of strengthening various parts of the manual.

The 2 year process concluded nicely, as each participant of the TUT confirmed the importance of having this exercise and stressed the needs of actively conducting trainings at both national and international levels.




*** Making ESCR Work in Malaysia - Dignity International, in collaboration with its local partners in Malaysia – Era Consumer Malaysia, Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT), Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM), PERMAS, Pusat Komas, and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), co-organized the first Malaysian National Workshop on Human Rights in Development. The workshop themed “Making ESCR Work in Malaysia” was held from the 11th to 14th September 2011 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor brought together 25 participants from Malaysia.

Regardless of the wealth and multi-sector growing economy in Malaysia, human rights violations and issues of poverty remain evident. Income and wealth disparity is at large, while many communities continue to live in poverty and are deprived of their basic rights and dignity. This context emphasises the relevance of this training.



Reviewing the 'Human Rights Timeline'


The workshop introduced the rights-based approach to development and its key principles that will enhance the work of civil society organisations in Malaysia. This learning process, using the trademark popular education methodology of Dignity International, was facilitated by Dignity International’s training team - Jerald Joseph (Malaysia), Noirin Clancy(Ireland), Fabio Gama(Brazil) and Humphrey Otieno (Kenya).


Utilizing popular education methodology
to convey messages on rights-based approach to development


As a follow up from this workshop, the local partners agreed to undertake a joint campaign to advocate for the ratification of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The ratification of the ICESCR is important to ensure that the government recognizes its obligation and work towards a higher standard of economic, social, and cultural (ESC) conditions in Malaysia. The instrument provides a legal, authoritative and moral basis for the people to demand for their rights, and to make certain the government is accountable for its actions.


The time for Malaysia to ratify the United Nations’ ICESCR is Now!




*** From Solidarity to Advocacy - From the 23rd September to 2nd October 2011, 25 community organisers and leaders from different struggling communities and social movements around the world took part in the 4th Get Organised for Human Rights programme in Madurai, India. This global linking and learning programme on community organisers was organised by Dignity International as a continuous grassroots capacity building project focusing on the community exchange and experiential learning process.


Discussion on human rights and poverty


ESCR in Drama Form


One of the highlights of this programme was the field visits to rural and urban communities conducted by Ekta Parishad, CESCI and People’s Watch. Participants were introduced to organisations and institutions formed to empower individuals who have faced violation and abuse of their rights, given insight on their work to help those individuals make a living, and were exposed to the hardships of the communities through personal sharing sessions by the people working on the grounds. This followed with a fruitful discussion sparked by their individual experiences during the field visits.

Visiting the fishing community in Kanyakumari


This Dignity International workshop seeks to bring grassroots partners to consolidate a commitment towards a global campaign and strengthen the solidarity amongst the struggling community. It takes on a new added dimension for reflection as this is also the 25th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.


Sharing cultural wealth within the group


Participants built greater solidarity amongst themselves and discussed concrete follow up action as a network of grassroots partners. Much remains hopeful for greater collaboration amongst all within the Dignity International network.


4th Get Organised - Madurai, India






*** ESCR-Net Members Demand that US Congress Respect Human Rights in Budget Decisions - On 5 October a letter demanding that Congress respect human rights on budget decisions was distributed to Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Nancy Pelosi, and copied to many other Congressional and Administration officials including President Obama. This letter was signed by 50 organisations spread across the United States, from established national policy groups to grassroots community organisations. To read more CLICK HERE>>>


Source: ESCR-Net



*** Building a Better World with Cooperatives – Over one billion people are members of cooperatives, a serious enterprise model that puts people at the heart of all business. Owned and controlled by the members they serve, they are great tools for empowering people. On 31 October, the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 will be launched at the UN in New York, setting off initiatives and events across the globe. FULL ARTICLE


Source: UNDESA



*** The Right to Sanitation for Women and Girls - Lack of adequate sanitation affects women and girls in particular as inaccessible toilets and bathrooms make them more vulnerable to rape and other forms of gender-based violence. “Women and girls face different risks including sexual violence, when they have to walk long distances to sanitation facilities, especially at night,” says Catarina de Albuquerque, UN expert on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. Read More>>>


Source: OHCHR



*** Target for Universal Access to HIV Medicine is Missed - A new report says only a third of people worldwide who need life-saving HIV drugs are actually getting treated. World leaders had pledged to achieve universal access to HIV medication by the end of this year - but that target won't be met. READ MORE>>>


Source: Asian Harm Reduction Network, BBC



*** Bangladesh: Men and Women Fight for Equal Rights to Land - The Government of Bangladesh must take steps to ensure women’s equal rights to land and inheritance, urged civil society organisations. "Men and women have to fight together to establish women's right," said M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, member of Equity and Justice Working Group (EquityBD), an alliance of several Bangladeshi groups and individuals. To read more CLICK HERE>>>


Source: Social Watch






*** Oxfam East Africa Appeal – Following the failure of the late 2010 rains, large parts of the Horn and East Africa region are facing the world's worst food crisis. Oxfam's response includes providing urgently needed clean water and feeding families. To read more and take action , CLICK HERE>>>


Source: Oxfam GB




*** South Asia Social Forum: registration now open - With the theme Democracy for Social Transformation in South Asia: Participation, Equity, Justice and Peace the event opens its registration in six categories: individual, organization, event, activity with enlargement, distance encounter activity and local activity.The South Asia Social Forum, to be held on November 18-22, in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, aims to create a New South Asia free from poverty and hunger caused by exploitation, deprivation, discrimination and oppression, and establish a common humanity based on equality, freedom and justice. READ MORE>>>


Source: World Social Forum



*** Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and their leader Frank Mugisha receives 2011 Rafto Prize - The 2011 Rafto Prize is awarded to Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of SMUG, will receive the award on behalf of the organisation. The Prize is awarded to SMUG for its work to make fundamental human rights apply to everyone, and to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 2011 Rafto Prize is awarded at the National Venue of Theatre (Den Nationale Scene), in Bergen, Norway on Sunday, 6 November 2011 at 18.00-19.30.To read more CLICK HERE>>>


Source: Human Rights House Foundation



*** Oxfam Seeks Haiti Associate Country Director - To act with poor people as a force for change in addressing the causes of poverty, suffering and injustice and alleviating their symptoms.

TEAM PURPOSE: To represent and to ensure Oxfam has the management, technical and logistical capacity to both scale up and to respond rapidly to major humanitarian emergencies and contribute to shaping corporate and divisional objectives and to manage the strategic development and delivery of Oxfam's corporate programme.

JOB PURPOSE: To lead Oxfam GB's work in the country by working with the Regional Management Centre and other organisations to bring about change through Oxfam's programme and influence. This may include regional activities and priorities in addition to the country activities and responsibilities.


REPORTING LINES: Post holder reports to: OI Country Director Staff reporting to this post: 5 to 6 direct reports.


Applications for this position must be received by 13 October 2011. For more information on employment with Oxfam International, CLICK HERE>>>

Source: Oxfam International



*** Call for Applications: Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship - The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship offers financial assistance and professional opportunities to an accomplished female scholar from a developing country to pursue graduate study in the peace field. Since 1991, the IPRA Foundation has funded eleven fellows to study at premier universities around the world. The Fellowship offers US$5,000 per year for two years of graduate study to one woman from the developing world. Fellowships are awarded once every other year.

Applications for the 2012-2013 Senesh Fellowship are due by January 15, 2012.

Dorothy Marchus Senesh was a life long peace activist. Partly from her interests, her husband Dr. Larry Senesh, was deeply concerned about issues of under-development in countries of the Global South. Upon his wife’s death in 1989 he established the Dorothy Marchus Senesh International Fellowship for graduate study in peace and security studies for a woman from the developing world. More information including application forms and details (in both English and Spanish) and biographies of past Fellows, can be found at:

Questions can be directed to: seneshfellowship (AT)


Source: HDHS





*** UN Committee on ESCR – 47th Session - 14 November 2011 – 12 February 2012. For more details on the 47th session please visit the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) / 47th session United Nations, New York. PW Grd Floor.


Source: OHCHR



*** 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education - 14 November 2011: 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Recognising that HRE is essential to the full realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and contributes significantly to promoting equality, respect for human dignity, preventing discrimination and enhancing participation in democratic processes, the objectives of the conference are:

To support and promote the UN objectives in HRE

To promote the role of HRE in the advancement of good governance

Foster HRE across the African continent and to build networks amongst stakeholders

Explore the role of HRE in advancement of the rights of vulnerable groups

Interrogate the role of HRE in promoting cultural diversity and accommodating traditional value systems


For more information click HERE>>>


Source: Equalinrights






*** The Millennium Development Goals: Time to Deliver - If the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be achieved, a serious shortfall in funding must be addressed. This is the stark revelation of the UN’s MDG Gap Task Force report, released today in New York. Introducing the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the importance of the report’s findings, saying “we cannot afford to leave the poor even further behind.” FULL ARTICLE


Source: UNDESA



*** Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care - Modelled on Che Guevara’s principles and keeping in line with the Cuban revolution, Steve Brouwer’s assessment of Cuba’s health care system in his book Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care (Monthly Review Press, July 2011) stands as a testimony to answer anyone claiming that socialism cannot function. Cuban doctors have regaled people in Latin America and around the world with medical opportunities which, in capitalist ideology and implementation, remain remote. While Cubans are provided free health care provided by medics who are dedicated to science and society, the United States has created a scheme based on profits, which marginalises a major segment of the population who cannot afford costly treatment. To read more CLICK HERE>>>


Source: Upside Down World




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