• April 8 - June 15, 2024
  • Geneva

Call for application for the 2024 edition of the Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP)!

The Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for its 2024 edition, which will once more be held both remotely and in Geneva, following the successful launch of the programme in 2023. The course gives human rights defenders the know-how to strategically incorporate the UN human rights system into their ongoing work at the national level. It also gives participants the chance to get ready for and take part in advocacy activities at the UN with the goal of bringing about change at home.

The hybrid programme will bring together around 16 committed human rights defenders from different backgrounds, who work on a wide range of areas that are linked with our programmes to ensure a sustainable collaboration. This can include, but is not limited to, defenders working on the following thematics: women rights; business, environment and human rights; the human rights of LGBTIQ+ persons; anti-racism; reclaiming civil society space and increasing protection of human rights defenders. Mandatory distance learning course: 8 April – 3 June 2024 (part time) ; In-person course: 5 – 15 June 2024 (full time).

Defenders will complete a 10-week hybrid learning programme, online and offline, which will include:

  • Access to the HRDAP Platform, where they can complete e-learning courses on each key UN human rights mechanism and on advocacy strategies, access interactive learning materials and case studies on the ISHR Academy
  • Take part in live Q&A sessions with human rights experts
  • Receive a continuous advocacy support and coaching in order to develop concrete advocacy objectives to make strategic use of the international human rights system
  • Build networks around the world, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues
  • Apply their knowledge to case-studies scenarios and enhance their advocacy toolbox according to their specific needs
  • Receive support and advocacy accompaniment to conduct activities during the 56th and 57th Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant opportunities.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while being in Geneva and practice, meet and share with their peers and experts. The blended format of the course allows defenders to continue their vital work on the ground, while diving into the inner workings of each key UN human rights mechanism, and gaining first-hand experience from advocates and UN staff on how civil society can strategically engage in the international human rights space.


Switzerland, Online


  • The tuition fee is 2000 Swiss Francs (CHF), and the average cost of travel, accommodation, meals, per diem and programme logistics administration is approximately 3000 CHF for the 10 days period. Full scholarships cover the whole cost of 5000 CHF, whilst partial scholarships may cover either the 2000 CHF tuition fee.


  • This programme is directed at experienced human rights defenders working in non-governmental organisations, with existing advocacy experience at the national level and some prior knowledge of the international human rights system.
  • ISHR supports, and promotes solidarity with and between, defenders working in the following areas or contexts, which ISHR recognises as intersectional and interdependent:
  •   Equality, dignity and non-discrimination
  •   Environmental justice and sustainability
  •   International accountability for the repression of human rights defenders
  •   Transparency and rule of law
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Visit the apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Complete the application form as instructed.
  • Participants who are unable to meet those costs are invited to request a full or partial scholarship – detailed at the end of the application form.
  • Select full or partial scholarship at the cost section of the form.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2024

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