Empowering Human Rights Defenders: African Center for Democracy Hosts Intensive Training in Arusha

Mrs. Hannah Forster, Executive Director of ACDHRS said “We are excited to offer this unique training opportunity, aiming to equip human rights advocates with the skills they need to create real change in Africa.”
In a significant development for human rights in Africa, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), in collaboration with the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights and the International Service for Human Rights, is set to host a transformative training event from October 13th to 15th, 2023. The event will be held in Arusha, Tanzania, and promises to be an intensive learning experience for attendees.
The primary objective of this training program is to empower human rights defenders across the African continent with the knowledge and skills required to effectively engage with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other international human rights mechanisms. It also seeks to foster diplomatic and civil society networks, enabling participants to engage in lobbying and advocacy activities, thereby driving impactful change on a national level.
Mrs. Forster said participants will not only receive valuable training but will also have the unique opportunity to attend the NGOs Forum, scheduled from October 16th to 18th, 2023. She added the forum will be focusing on the Participation of NGOs in the Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. “They will also be able to join the public sessions of the African Commission, providing a deep understanding of this crucial regional and international human rights mechanism.”
Furthermore, the program will offer insights into the interaction and complementarity of regional and international human rights systems. By the end of the training, participants will be better equipped to navigate these complex systems and make a lasting impact on human rights advocacy.
This event is expected to draw approximately 30 participants from 23 African countries, and it will feature distinguished resource persons from various regional and international human rights mechanisms. It’s an exceptional opportunity for those looking to enhance their knowledge, skills, and network within the human rights community.
Madam Forster during her deliberation at the 30th anniversary of the ACDHRS
Headline 2: “Arusha Gears Up for a Groundbreaking Forum on Human Rights, Democracy, and AfCFTA”
Quote from Mrs. Hannah Forster, Executive Director of ACDHRS: “Our goal is to accelerate the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area while ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights across the continent.”
A momentous gathering of champions for human rights, democracy, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to take place at the Arusha International Conference Center from October 16th to 18th, 2023. The event, organized by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) in partnership with the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), promises to be a forum for diverse voices and perspectives.
Representatives from African civil society, NGOs, international organizations, youth advocates, human rights champions, academics, and media professionals will converge to foster cooperation and strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights in Africa. The theme of the event, “ACCELERATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA IMPLEMENTATION,” aligns with the African Union’s focus for 2023.
Attendees can expect:
In-depth Insights: A comprehensive understanding of the state of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Africa through thought-provoking discussions and presentations.
Network and Partner: The opportunity to forge meaningful connections and collaborative partnerships with fellow participants and stakeholders, further enhancing the impact of their work.
Recommendations and Resolutions: The chance to propose and adopt recommendations and resolutions that will be presented at the opening of the 77th Ordinary Session, shaping the human rights landscape in Africa.
Annual African Human Rights Book Fair: A unique opportunity to delve into the latest publications and research in the field of human rights at the 42nd African Human Rights Book Fair.
This forum promises to be a pivotal moment for those working towards a more just and interconnected Africa, where human rights and economic development go hand in hand. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event in Arusha this October.