Cepia Workshop Participants Spread WLP Curriculum to Brazil CSOs and Communities

From November 24-28, 2014, WLP Brazil/Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (Cepia) convened the 7th Annual Institute for Women’s Human Rights (or “Human Rights Institute”) for a total of 22 participating men and women lawyers, activists, journalists, teachers, and social workers. The topics covered included violence against women, reproductive rights, women’s health, the media, race/ethnicity, and the labor market. Many of the Institute’s participants had attended previous Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) Training of Trainers (TOT) Institutes, and reported the positive impact of the WLP training on their current work. November’s Institute provided not only an opportunity for exchanging ideas about WLP’s methodology among the participants, but also to test case studies from WLP’s Leading to Choices (LTC) and Leading to Action (LTA) training manuals in the Brazilian context.

One participant, the President of Referencia da Mulher de Itatiaia, noted that LTC had been added to the Center’s literacy curriculum for low income women as a direct result of her having attended a Cepia-convened workshop earlier in 2014. That TOT also led to the creation of Assoçãcio de Mulheres de Porto Real, which teaches regional women craft skills as a way to boost their income; between lessons the women also discuss material from LTC and LTA. Some WLP material also has been adopted by Centro Especializado de Atendimento de Buzios, as reported by a representative that had attended both sessions.

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