On Thursday 7 June 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a training course entitled “Mechanisms of Monitoring and Documenting Violations of Women’s Rights under International Humanitarian Law [IHL] and Human Rights Law,” held at Carinos restaurant in Gaza City.
The course is part of a project seeking to protect women in situations of armed conflict in the Arab region and is funded by the Open Society Institute.
The project aims to disseminate knowledge of IHL and promote a culture of respect for human rights, particularly the rights of women.
It also aims to enhance the capacity of organizations serving women to monitor and document violations of women’s rights in armed conflicts.
Shirin Ash-Shobaki, coordinator of the training and mass communication unit at Al Mezan, concluded the course by thanking the 29 trainees for their participation.
She stressed the importance of using their newly acquired knowledge in their work and handed out certificates of completion to the participants.
The course consisted of 24 training hours delivered over four days.
Participants were given a general introduction to the historic and legal framework of IHL and international human rights law; a review of the substantive content of these bodies of law; an introduction to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; and explanation of mechanisms for monitoring and documenting violations of human rights and IHL.
At the end of the course, a seminar was held between partners in the women’s protection project and local organizations working in the field of women’s protection who participated in the course so that the two sides could discuss means of coordinating documentation work in Gaza.