WLP’s Turkey partner in Turkey, Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW) held an Advanced Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute on human rights and democracy-building on September 5-9, 2016, in Istanbul. Eleven women, all experienced WLP workshop facilitators in FSWW’s network, participated in the training.
An interactive activity called the “Tree of expectations" kicked off the workshop to set the tone for the learning environment. The participants wrote their skills, knowledge, values to be respected during the training, and expectations of the training on a poster in the shape of a tree.
The objectives of the TOT were to (1) establish a technical support team for FSWW’s network of cooperatives and (2) design a training and advocacy initiative to help address the refugee crisis in Turkey. The training was based on material from the WLP manuals Beyond Equality: A Manual for Human Rights Defenders and Leading to a Culture of Democracy.
WLP Senior Global Facilitators Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon) and Samah Helmy (Egypt) attended the TOT to help introduce the new material to the FSWW trainers. The participants explored topics such as what it means to be human, the universality of rights, issues that affect everyday life in Turkey, the role of gender in access to rights, and notions of tradition that affect democracy and rights.
Participants outlined two projects to be implemented following the TOT. The projects aimed to advance democratic values, tolerance, and collaboration within women's cooperatives and refugee communities.
Participants gained a greater understanding of gender and universal human rights and practiced training techniques to replicate the workshop with their constituents.
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