Human Rights

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Human rights education (HRE) is education, training and information aimed at building a culture of adherence to human rights. Human rights education is an integral part of the right to education and is increasingly gaining recognition as a human right in itself. Knowledge of rights and freedoms is a fundamental tool to guarantee respect for the rights of all. It also prepares learners to be active, responsible and caring participants in their communities as well as at the national and global level. A comprehensive education in human rights not only provides knowledge about human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, but also imparts the skills needed to promote, defend and apply human rights in daily life. In our experience, education should


encompass values such as peace, non-discrimination, equality, justice, non-violence, tolerance and respect for human dignity. Quality education based on a human rights approach means that rights are implemented throughout the whole education system and in all learning environments. GECPD has since establishment been integrating human rights education components in the national curriculum used in our formal and non-formal classes. In addition we will undertake advocacy and lobbying activities for legislative framework to promote social change, human rights and freedoms and gender equality.

Among the most vigorous awareness and advocacy campaigns that GECPD is well known for is the Promotion of Peace, Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, Prevention of Sexual Gender Based Violence especially amongst the IDPs, Promotion of Gender Equality, Child Rights and Protection and Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation.

Our Human Rights related awareness and advocacy activities have included commemoration of various dates on the UN and human rights calendar and the Somali National days relevant to these thematic areas. These include the FGM Zero Tolerance Day on 6th February, the International Women’s Day on 8th March, Somali Tree Planting Day on 17th April, the World Environmental Day on 5th June, the World Breastfeeding Week on 1st August, International Day of Peace on 21st  September, Universal Children’s day on 20th November, Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence from 25th November through to 10th December including the International Day Against VAW on 25th November, the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29th November, International AIDS Day on 1st December and the Human Rights Day on 10th December. GECPD has also organized capacity building trainings and meetings for strategic community groups to craft responses to the above issues.


Support Mechanism for Survivors

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Promotion of Gender Values and Education

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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