International representatives at the Gender Equality Advocates Regional training.

Strengthening the voice of young women

Last week I accompanied 3 Lao university students to Hanoi, Vietnam for a 4 days Training of the Trainer workshop. We met with 21 other young female leadership trainees from Malaysia, Vietnam and Timor-Leste and Mongolia to undertake a Gender Equality Advocates Regional Training course.

During the course the participants covered topics including:

  • The principles of human rights
  • What is CEDAW?
  • Definition of patriarchy
  • Group Role play on rescripting patriarchal fairy tales
  • Case study analysis of substantive equality
  • Principles of CEDAW
  • Group work to discuss CEDAW monitoring framework
  • Exercise in defining advocacy for social change

 

The participants at the Gender Equality Advocates Regional Training

The participants at the Gender Equality Advocates Regional Training

Explaining the principles of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Explaining the principles of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Setting of our advocacy vision, mission, goals, objective and actions.

Setting of our advocacy vision, mission, goals, objective and actions.

Group work on setting advocacy framework.

Group work on setting advocacy framework.

The young women reported that they felt much more confident about advocating the principles of CEDAW, how to facilitate the training process and how to communicate to other young women in their own countries about ways to increase female empowerment.