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Global Rights Connection: Frequently Asked Questions

Global Rights Connection is a new Equitas training for human rights educators from around the world, offered completely online.

Global Rights Connection is a new Equitas training for human rights educators from around the world, offered in English and French. In this FAQ you will find information about the training and how to participate.

If you have any questions that are not answered after reading it, please do not hesitate to contact us at pifdh-ihrtp@equitas.org.

Curriculum and training approach

What are the learning objectives of this training?

Global Rights Connection is a unique opportunity for human rights educators to gain practical tools to improve the effectiveness and impact of their work while deepening their understanding of human rights.

By the end of Global Rights Connection, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of promoting human rights values such as inclusion, non-discrimination and participation as an integral part of human rights education (HRE) work
  • Integrate a participatory approach in their HRE work
  • Apply a gender perspective to their analysis and activities
  • Identify ways in which human rights education can be a tool for positive social change and progress towards gender equality
  • Implement a plan to apply what they have learned to their own human rights education work
  • Put in practice several new techniques and activities of virtual human rights education
  • Apply a human rights-based approach (HRBA), including using international human rights instruments and standards
  • Collaborate with other participants in HRE opportunities that contribute to positive social change
  • Adopt basic measures related to the digital security of human rights defenders

In which language does the training take place?

Several groups of participants will be created and will work in French or English during the training. Since participants are expected to actively participate in group workshops and do extensive reading, fluency in English or French is essential. Simultaneous translation into English or French will be available at all bilingual conferences, plenaries and events involving the entire group.

Why an entirely online program?

Human rights education remains more critical than ever as many already marginalized groups feel the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights. Equitas developed Global Rights Connection to meet the needs of human rights educators in a global context that requires us to rethink how we come together and work together.

Global Rights Connection is designed to make a smart use of new technologies, while remaining as technologically accessible as possible. It is an opportunity to reach individuals who cannot participate in-person and represents an opportunity to foster and nurture a global culture of human rights through technology.

What activities can I expect during this online training?

Global Rights Connection consists of 10 learning modules that combine live sessions and individual activities.

Each weekly learning module includes a part of asynchronous individual work, which can be done at a time chosen by the participant. This work is done on an e-learning platform and includes videos to watch, readings, reflection questionnaires, etc. Participants are also encouraged to contribute to collective written discussions and reflections with other members of their group.

Each learning module also includes a portion of synchronous work in small and large groups, which requires online presence at set times, established with different time zones taken into account. During live events, participants are most often gathered in groups of 12 with facilitators to conduct original and participatory workshops and learning activities. On a few occasions, the entire cohort is brought together for conferences, plenary sessions or special festive events.

How long does the training last?

The training is 60 hours in total. It lasts 10 weeks, offering one learning module per week.

Offline and online work totals between 5 and 6 hours each week. Since Equitas uses a participatory approach that places participants at the centre of the process and encourages mutual sharing of knowledge and experience, critical reflection and action strategies, the full participation and proactive engagement of everyone is essential.

The training also includes a follow-up session that will take place 4 months after the end of the program. Participants will be invited to meet again briefly in April 2022 for a dynamic exchange on the implementation of the learning within their organizations.

What is the schedule for synchronous live sessions?

Schedules will be determined at a later date, once the composition of the groups is finalized. They will take into account, as much as possible, the availability of participants and the time zones represented in each group. The schedule will include one live session per week, lasting between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes.

Who facilitates synchronous live sessions?

Equitas has the privilege of having an extraordinary facilitation team, made up of individuals from various regions of the world with extensive experience, including facilitation of the International Human Rights Training Program. Each group of participants will be accompanied by a facilitation duo during the live sessions, in addition to an Equitas team member who will be present to ensure that the meetings run smoothly from a technical perspective.

What happens if someone misses a live session?

If, due to a major scheduling conflict or lack of internet connection on a given day, a participant is unable to join their group, they will be able to view a recording of the session afterwards. The participant will also be able to contribute to the written exchanges taking place on the online community for their group. However, the participatory approach is at the centre of this training and Equitas strongly encourages participants to attend the synchronous sessions at all times.

Is Global Rights Connection an online IHRTP?

No. While Global Rights Connection is inspired by the IHRTP and takes some key elements from its content and approach, it is not the IHRTP converted to a virtual format.

Like the IHRTP, Global Rights Connection is a training program that approaches human rights education by combining theoretical elements with practical exercises and reflections, with the invaluable support of a qualified facilitation team. On the other hand, Global Rights Connection, which totals 60 hours of training, is less advanced than the IHRTP, which offers over 100 hours of face-to-face training. The online training cannot address all of the same elements in the same depth as the IHRTP.

Global Rights Connection provides participants with a set of reflections, methodologies and transformative approaches to human rights education. It helps organizations to face their challenges, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and the use of new technologies. It also guides participants in the development of an implementation plan to ensure that the learning can take root in the organization’s activities. A series of fun and original activities, as well as plenary sessions with distinguished guests, complement the content delivered in the various modules while promoting networking and collaboration among participants.

Digital security and technological equipment

What digital platforms will be used for Global Rights Connection?

For the live sessions, Equitas will use an easy-to-use video conferencing platform. The chosen platform will be communicated to the group at a later date.

For individual learning activities and written exchanges between participants, Equitas will provide access to the Equitas e-learning platform.

Equitas will provide an efficient and secure format for regular communication between participants, the facilitation team and the coordination team. Simple technical instructions will be provided to facilitate access to these tools. Access to these platforms is included in the training fees and does not entail any additional costs for participants.

What equipment is needed to participate?

Individuals participating in the training must have access to a computer or tablet, as well as an internet connection that is generally sufficient to participate in a videoconference. Note that the use of a phone is not possible to participate in the training videoconferences.

The use of headphones is recommended, as well as the choice of a safe place to participate in the live sessions, to allow participants to express themselves freely and enjoy some privacy during the exchanges and reflections with the group.

If you are facing significant issues with the quality of your internet connection, please contact the team in charge of the training. Depending on the services available in your area, Equitas may be able to provide support in this regard.

Is it safe to participate in this training program?

The digital world has unique security issues, as many people working to defend and promote human rights around the world know. Equitas has conducted targeted research and consultations with experts in order to make this training as safe as possible. The choice of platforms used and the practices employed during the training will contribute to creating the safest possible digital space. An introductory session on digital security will also be offered at the beginning of the program.

However, Equitas recognizes the limitations of risk mitigation efforts and invites anyone interested in the training to think about the specific risks they perceive or experience in their work and life context. The level of risk varies from person to person and from country to country. In April 2021, Equitas will provide guidelines to help you decide whether to participate or not in the training.

If you would like to discuss your personal security situation, a meeting can be arranged on a secure platform between you and Equitas.

Cost, funding and bursaries

What is the cost of the training?

The participation fee is $2,300 CAD. It includes:

  • Registration fees
  • Training fees
  • Access to e-learning platforms
  • Course materials and access to all activities

Participants are responsible for all other potential expenses, such as local travel to an office with quality internet access or the purchase of a computer or tablet if required.

When and how do I pay for my participation?

If your application is accepted and you or your organization is paying for your participation, an invoice will be sent to you with all the necessary information for the transfer of funds. Payments can be made by credit card via our website, or by international bank transfer.
Payment must be received by July 31, 2021.

Can I apply if I don't have funding secured at this time?

Yes, you may apply even if you do not have funding to cover your participation costs. Equitas is able to offer a limited number of bursaries, and you can indicate your desire to be considered for a bursary in the application form.

Equitas encourages you to seek your own funding and provides some supporting documents to help you apply for funding to cover costs.

2021 Edition

When will the training take place?

The first edition of Global Rights Connection will run from October 4 to December 10, 2021, ending on International Human Rights Day.

Although it is Equitas’ intention to integrate this new training into its programming in the long term, the dates of subsequent editions have not yet been determined.

How many participants will be admitted?

For the first edition of this training program, nearly 50 people will be admitted to participate in the training. Those admitted will be divided into four working groups of a dozen people each.

Why are there a limited number of places?

Global Rights Connection is not a traditional online course with lectures or self-paced learning modules. Rather, it is focused on a participatory approach wherein participants are actively involved in the development of the group’s knowledge through mutual sharing and learning.

By creating a small number of working groups, each accompanied by two facilitators, Equitas ensures that those present can effectively participate and connect with human rights educators from around the world. In addition, limiting the entire cohort to approximately 50 participants allows our teams to ensure quality, personalized follow-up, particularly on the development of an implementation plan for each participant.

Will there be many editions of Global Rights Connection?

As it stands now, Equitas is developing a first edition of Global Rights Connection reserved for those who had been selected for the 2020 IHRTP. This new training is in addition to the overall programming offered by Equitas. While it is not possible at this time to announce the frequency or dates of future editions of Global Rights Connection, the intention is to replicate this online training in the future, reaching more human rights educators in a context where technology offers opportunities to innovate and connect us to advance human rights together.

Eligibility criteria

Who can apply to the training?

The first edition of Global Rights Connection is reserved for those who were selected for the IHRTP 2020.

Global Rights Connection is for human rights educators from civil society organizations, regional and national institutions and government agencies. To be eligible to participate in this training, a candidate must:

  • Have been working in their organization for a minimum of two years.
  • Have a role within their organization that allows them to conduct human rights education activities or influence the way in which these activities are conducted.
  • Have a basic knowledge of international human rights principles and instruments.
  • Confirm their willingness to actively participate in the entire training, allowing for 5-6 hours per week of involvement during the 10-week training, and clearly communicating this commitment to colleagues in their organization.
  • Commit to passing on the knowledge, methods and perspectives learned to colleagues upon completion of the training program.
  • Be sensitive to the challenges of working in a multicultural context, respect diversity and commit to fostering an inclusive, respectful and safe space for all by adhering to the code of conduct against harassment and discrimination.

Who can apply for the 2021 edition of Global Rights Connection?

For the first edition of Global Rights Connection, Equitas is only accepting applications from those who were already selected to participate in the 2020 International Human Rights Training Program. If this applies to you, please read the following section of the Frequently Asked Questions, “Information for those selected for the 2020 IHRTP”.

If I did not submit an application for the 2020 IHRTP, or was not accepted to the 2020 IHRTP, can I still apply to Global Rights Connection?

Unfortunately, no. For the 2021 edition, the cohort will only be composed of people who were already admitted to the 2020 IHRTP, which could not take place due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Subsequent editions of Global Rights Connection, for which the dates are unknown at this time, will be open to new applications, based on pre-identified eligibility criteria.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the next Global Rights Connection program open to new applicants, please write to us at pifdh-ihrtp@equitas.org and specify that you are interested in Global Rights Connection. We will then be pleased to keep you informed of future developments.

Information for those selected for the 2020 IHRTP

How do I submit an application for the 2021 Global Rights Connection?

We know that your IHRTP application already contains valuable information, so the application process for Global Rights Connection will be quick and easy. However, it is necessary for us to obtain some additional information and update some of your information. We are therefore asking those interested in participating in Global Rights Connection to complete a new section in their application form for IHRTP 2020 on the ContactEquitas platform.

Do I need to send a new Memorandum of Agreement?

Yes, you must renew the Memorandum of Agreement, completed and signed by yourself and your organization’s Director or President. Be sure to use the Global Rights Connection 2021 version of the Memorandum of Agreement, provided via your ContactEquitas account or email. Once completed and signed, you can provide a scanned copy or a clear enough photo and attach it to your application.

Do I need to provide new letters of recommendation?

No, it is not necessary to provide new letters of recommendation.

What if I have technical difficulties when applying?

If you are having difficulties completing the necessary steps to apply for Global Rights Connection, such as logging into your ContactEquitas account, completing the new section of the form, and attaching new documents, you can view this help video to remind you how to proceed.

If you are unable to access the ContactEquitas platform due to access restrictions in your country, write to us for an alternative way to submit your application at pifdh-ihrtp@equitas.org.

What is the deadline for completing and submitting my application?

Your application on the ContactEquitas platform must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

How and when does the selection process take place?

The selection committee will review the applications submitted and form a cohort taking into account the limited number of places available, approximately 50 places for the 2021 edition. Participants will be selected aiming to create balanced groups in terms of geographic distribution, gender identities represented, type of work conducted by organizations, etc.

The results of the selection process will be communicated to applicants by the end of May 2021.

If I participate in Global Rights Connection in 2021, will I be eligible to participate in the next IHRTP held in person in Montreal?

No. As places are limited, Equitas wants as many people as possible to have access to its training programs. If you participate in Global Rights Connection in 2021, you will not be eligible to participate in the 41st edition of the IHRTP, which we hope to hold in June 2022 in Montreal, if COVID-19 conditions allow.

However, the online training and the in-person IHRTP are complementary. If you participate in Global Rights Connection, you will be eligible to participate in the IHRTP again as of the 42nd edition, which we hope to hold in June 2023, if possible. However, you will need to reapply and your acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

If I have been accepted for the 2020 IHRTP, but am not participating in Global Rights Connection, am I eligible for the next IHRTP in Montreal?

Yes. Please note that you are responsible for notifying us of any significant changes to your application made in the Fall of 2019, such as if you have changed of organization or country of residence.

Furthermore, if your work status is the same as in 2020, your status remains unchanged with respect to the next IHRTP: if you were accepted to the 2020 IHRTP, you remain accepted to the next IHRTP scheduled for June 2022, knowing, however, that global health circumstances will remain uncertain for several more months. Health precautions to preserve the safety of all, as well as severe restrictions on international travel (flights, quarantines, visa issuance) do not allow Equitas to confirm a 2022 IHRTP at this time.

If I was awarded an Equitas bursary for the 2020 IHRTP, is it transferable to my Global Rights Connection application?

Yes, if you were an Equitas bursary recipient for the 2020 IHRTP, you may use your bursary to cover the cost of your participation in Global Rights Connection OR to cover the cost of your participation in the next IHRTP. You cannot use your bursary to participate in both programs. Individuals participating in Global Rights Connection are not eligible to participate in the next IHRTP.

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