Human Rights Advocacy and Campaign Development Workshop

Dates for live sessions: March 11th, 18th & 25th from 9am-12pm

Fellowships available by application. See more information below.
Overview: This online interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.
During the workshop, participants will:
-Explore the elements of an effective advocacy strategy, including issue analysis, the development of goals and objectives, and identification of appropriate targets and tactics;
-Learn how to tailor messages to specific audiences;
-Discuss effective partnerships and how to build coalitions;
-Prepare and receive input on a draft advocacy plan;
-Prepare and participate in role plays to simulate advocacy meetings with policy-makers;
-Discuss relevant case studies of successful campaigns.
Each participant will be encouraged to develop an advocacy plan and role play on an issue of their choosing that is relevant to their work and/or interests.
Workshop facilitator: Jo Becker is the advocacy director for Human Rights Watch's children's rights division, where she is responsible for the organization's global advocacy strategies on issues including child labor, children and armed conflict, juvenile justice, and violence against children. She is the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, which campaigned successfully for an international treaty banning the forced recruitment of children under age eighteen or their use in armed conflict.
She holds an international baccalaureate from the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, a bachelor's in psychology from Goshen College (IN), and a master's degree in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.
Registration & Fellowships: Regular rate of $400. Early bird rate of $350 for those who register by March 1st. Please use discount code: EARLYBIRD.
Columbia students are eligible for a 40% discount on the regular rate if enrolled by the early bird deadline (please email for more information). We will also offer a limited number of reduced rates for those with significant financial need.
Prospective participants who wish to apply for a need-based discount, as well as registered participants, are asked to complete the following survey:
Certificate: A certificate of participation will be granted to all those who complete training in its entirety. Individuals who complete three workshops offered as part of the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of participation.