Workshops 2016

Please note that the workshops comprise of 10 parallel tracks over two days, covering different topics, so you can choose the topic that suits you or your organisation best. The first 6 tracks in the agenda (A-F) involve longer training sessions and consist of part 1 and 2 given the same day. The final  tracks (G-J) are single workshops. The language is specified for each of the workshops so you have the option to participate in English, English with Russian translation or Russian.

  • Basics of Digital Security (Workshop)

    In the digital sphere, those defending human rights are at risk from government surveillance and hacking as well as cybercrime. This workshop on Basic Digital Security will focus on daily digital security practices for human rights defenders, to improve the safety and security of both individuals and organizations. It will cover broad topics such as computers, mobile phones, and social media and highlight what risks there are for data at rest and data in transit. The session will also cover password management and protection.

    Trainer: Martin L. Fällman, Civil Rights Defenders

  • Arming against online Threats (Workshop)

    Achieving digital security requires three areas to be protected: your server, your connection, and your device. This interactive workshop provides a summary of the main digital threats you face in each of those three areas, with specific case studies that illustrate the risks and techniques used by attackers. Depending on the interest of the participants, the workshop can provide training in up to four different areas: Protecting your website; Protecting your Gmail account; Protecting your devices (laptops and mobile); and Encryption and private communication. In each area, we will discuss, demo, and actually deploy a range of free, open-source, or built-in tools that enable you to protect yourself.

    Trainers: Justin Kosslyn and Santiago Andrigo, Google Ideas

  • Stress Management and Communication (Workshop)

    Being called to informal talks at the police station is common for human rights defenders in certain countries, just as interrogations at border controls or checkpoints. Interrogation techniques can be tough and include psychological manipulation. Most people are badly equipped to cope with such pressure. In stressful situations we react instinctively and irrationally, which make us more vulnerable for manipulation and pressure. This training will highlight the most pertinent questions surrounding the psychological aspects of security. It will look at strategies for how to resist attempts of psychological pressure and manipulation by the police or other agents.

    Trainer: Tora Candal

  • Gender perspectives on human rights (Training: Part 1-2)

    UN bodies and other human rights mechanisms have become increasingly sensitized to the need to analyze human rights of all categories from a gender perspective. Human rights violations – not the least in the field of civil and political rights – affect men and women, boys and girls, in different ways. Since human rights violations often are gendered, the response must be gender-sensitive as well and tailored to the different needs of men, women and transgendered individuals. The training will explore how we can become more effective human rights advocates by integrating a gender perspective in our work. Participants will explore how human rights violations impact women human rights defenders (WHRDs) differently. Participants will be presented and reflect around gendered approaches to documenting these violations as well as WHRDs’ specific protection needs. The sessions will offer a space to reflect on how we integrate gender in the work of our organizations and movements. This training is intended to benefit all participants who are interested in developing and refining their expertise and their methods. While all are welcome, we welcome in particular those in management positions responsible for strategic planning, development and human resources.

    Trainer: Inmaculada Barcia

  • Making your Voice Heard in the Media (Training: Part 1-2)

    Making your voice heard is a training clinic that combines theoretical background and practical exercise. In the first session, we focus on theory including the logic and rationale behind media’s actions and how this affects you and your organisation when dealing with journalists. The second session of the training clinic is more practical where we create strong messages and have realistic interview exercises in front of a camera. The purpose of the seminar is to give greater knowledge about media in general and to strengthen your ability to handle both challenges and opportunities in relation to media and other external stakeholders. This training is intended to benefit all participants who are interested in increasing their skills in outreach. While all are welcome, we welcome in particular spokespersons.

    Trainer: Jonas Lindgren, BRM Europe AB

  • Security Precautions in Relations with Journalists (Workshop)

    This workshop will focus on the relation between the human rights defender and the reporter or news organization. Often this relationship is of mutual interest – but sometimes it can be the opposite. When the story becomes too important and the security of the human rights defender is less prioritized, the consequences can be very serious. The workshop will try to provide concrete recommendations on what is important to keep in mind when being in contact with journalists, what you can demand and how to protect yourself and your sources.

    Trainers: Martin Schibbye, Blank Spot project, and Magdalena Lind, Metis Services

  • Psycho-Social Aspects of Security (Training: Part 1-2)

    Psychosocial aspects influence your security situation greatly. If you or your staff are under constant stress or on the verge to burnout, it surely influences the way decisions are made and what type of decisions are made. When planning security measures it is important that the wellbeing of staff and the psychosocial context are considered in the risk assessment and the corresponding strategy. In this workshop the trainer will discuss the psychosocial aspects of security and give hands-on advice on how it can be dealt with in an organisation. First part of this workshop will concentrate on the issues/factors affecting personal wellbeing of activists. The second part will address specific measures the organisations could consider introducing/developing to support activists’ wellbeing and including sharing already existing practices and experiences of those.

    Trainer: Jolanta Cihanovica: Mozaika

  • How to Use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in research and advocacy (Training: Part 1-2)

    In an increasingly globalized world the impact of corporations on human rights is a pressing issue. In order to clarify the responsibility of companies, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011. The first part of the trainings will give an introduction to the UNGPs, discussing both what states are expected to do in order to protect against corporate human rights abuses, as well as how corporations need to act in order to live up to their responsibility to respect. Participants will discuss how the impact of business on human rights is relevant for their work, what rights might be impacted and reflect upon how this fits into the UNGPs. The second part will be more practical where the participants apply what they have learned in case exercises and try to establish the responsibility of a company and the state, as well as propose remediation. We will reflect on how the UNGPs can be used in advocacy work, emphasizing what message is most effective depending on the desired outcome.

    Trainer: Théo Jaekel, Swedwatch

  • Visual Storytelling for Advancing Human Rights (Workshops, 2)

    These workhops can be taken as one-of workshops or together, as a longer training.

    Visual Strategies: Using images for impact in human rights campaigns, Workshop:

    Ever since the inception of photography and later, the moving image, visual media has been used to advocate for human rights. Now, with visual communication increasing exponentially it is more important than ever that organizations working on human rights understand the impact images can have and incorporate them effectively into their work. This workshop will focus on how to incorporate images into strategies for change. It will explore the visual tools available and how to select the right approach for your work. It will also explore ethical approaches in the use of images, including how people and issues are represented and the use of participatory methodology.

    Persuasive Photos: Winning human rights campaigns through the creative use of images, Workshop:

    Photography and film have long been powerful tools for communicating human rights. Today, it is easier than ever before to produce and distribute visual campaigns, giving you the potential to get your message out to thousands, if not millions, of people. Yet, in a world increasingly saturated with images how do you ensure yours speak effectively to those who matter? This workshop focuses on how to produce creative visuals for human rights campaigns that will both engage the right audience and compel them to take action. Drawing on real life examples, participants will explore how to develop a creative concept that will speak effectively to a target audience, manage ‘creative risk’, and how to ensure your campaign gets seen by the right people.

    Trainer: Rob Godden, Rights Exposure

  • Learn & Practice New Leadership Skills - Why the Understanding of Interpersonal Communication Differences can Change the World (Training: Part 1-2)

    Change can happen, one person at time. In our daily dues we interact, communicate and influence others. In order to create more power, strength and influence, the development of our communication skills is crucial. What would happen if you mastered skills to communicate better? This training will start with an introduction where the participants will be introduced to key concepts and be given a theoretical overview by the trainer. The second part is practical and takes place a discussion and includes training in effective and flexible communication, identifying individual patterns and influence results. The third and last part is more reflective where the participants apply the learning in exercises and optional rollout of new skills in future performance. The participant can expect new reflections and insights on their communicative challenges and inspiration in how to become more flexible and precise in their dialogue and performance in interaction with others. You will benefit of this training if you are in a management position and want to develop your skills for your personal communication and a better understanding for others. When the ability to influence and lead others, the tool of verbal and nonverbal communication is important for the success of your daily work; then this training can give you some tools to develop your performance.

    Trainers: Alexander Holmberg and

  • How to Use Shadow Reporting as a Strategic Tool Within the UN Human Rights System (Training: Part 1-2)

    The UN human rights system offers a range of opportunities for human rights defenders to shine a light on the situation in their country and build pressure upon their states to change. This training will examine how to interact in a UN strategic manner, with a focus on reporting to treaty bodies and the Universal Periodic Review. Through presentations, exercises, group work and peer learning, participants will explore:

    • What are Treaty Bodies and the Universal Periodic Review;
    • How can human rights defenders input into these processes;
    • What practical and strategic actions and tools can be used to ensure that this input has an impact;
    • What do high quality NGO reports look like;
    • Where can additional information and support be found;
    • How to build shadow reporting to these mechanisms into a broader international advocacy strategy alongside other potential avenues such as Human Rights Council advocacy or Special Procedures.

    Trainer: Ben Leather, ISHR

  • Apps and Devices as Tools in your Operational Security Work (Workshop)

    In recent years there has been an enormous development in useful, cheap and high-quality tools that can be useful for HRDs in their operational security work. With many different projects, apps and devices introduced every month it can be hard to figure out what could actually be useful for your own organization. This workshop is an introduction to some of the apps and devices which can help you in your operational security work. How can you integrate them into your security routines, and what mistakes can you avoid making. The workshop will also reflect on the risk of putting too much trust on gadgets and technical solutions and highlight the necessity of having a plan B.

    Trainer: Peter Öholm, Civil Rights Defenders

  • Fight against discrimination: Theory and best practice in advocacy and lobbying (Training: Part 1-2)

    The right to non-discrimination is one of the core principles of human rights law, and is enshrined in all international and regional human rights treaties. Discrimination on different grounds affects people in every corner of the world. Many of the substantive human rights violations that we fight have a discriminatory component as well. In this training the participants will discuss and reflect on different grounds for discrimination and the many forms in which discrimination expresses itself (, indirect, and structural discrimination) and train the participants in how to use legal and advocacy strategies to counter it. The training will provide an overview of the international standards related to prohibition of discrimination, while the focus will be on best practice in advocacy and lobbying that human rights organising are using in order to have international standards implemented locally.

    Trainers: Ana Furtuna and Goran Miletic, Civil Rights Defenders