Advanced Human Rights Course: Women's Rights in Africa

  • DATE

    25 March

  • TIME

    8:00 - 17:00


    Room 2-67, Graduate Centre, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a four-day intensive short course on Women’s Rights in Africa.

About the course

Course Brochure: Download the Women's Rights in Africa course brochure 

The course provides a balance between theory and practical advocacy skills useful for practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to women’s rights.

It examines the international and regional human rights frameworks that guarantee the human rights of women and girls in Africa, with a particular focus on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol). The course provides an opportunity to critically evaluate the potential of these human rights frameworks to challenge obstacles undermining the effective protection of women’s rights in Africa. The course components include:

  • An introduction to international, regional and subregional frameworks on the human rights of women and girls.

  • A critical examination of the concept of gender equality and the approaches to understanding gender equality and gender justice, including feminism and intersectionality.

  • Explore questions of cultural relativism, religion and gender norms in advancing women’s rights

  • Practical ideas on using the law and human rights principles in promoting women’s rights

  • Reflect on key elements of advocacy and lobby planning and share information on positive interventions.


This course is designed for governmental officials, managers and staff of civil society organisations, judges and magistrates, legal practitioners, as well as academics from Universities in Africa. Participants from all over the world are, nevertheless, welcome to apply. Masters and doctoral students wishing to deepen their knowledge or expertise in a particular area of relevance to their study or research may also apply. Between 20 and 30 participants are admitted to each course. All lectures and materials are in English, and proficiency in English is required to attend these courses.

Course Fees

Course attendance is free.

Tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course are covered by the Centre for Human Rights. Participants from Gauteng are encouraged to apply.

However, participants will need to pay for their own transport and accommodation costs.

An option of securing accommodation through the Centre for Human Rights is available at a cost of is ZAR 4000 (US 330) for the duration of the course. This includes breakfast, dinner and transport from the Hotel to the University of Pretoria. Participants interested in this option should email Dennis Antwi on [email protected]


Applicants are required to apply online for this course.

Deadline for applications:

SADC applicants: 19 March 2019
International applicants: 12 March 2019

For more information, please contact:

Mr Dennis Antwi
Project Manager: Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC)
Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
[email protected] 


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