News: Pacific Region Co-Design Workshop to be held in Auckland

We’re delighted to announce that we’re holding our fourth international HRMI co-design workshop, this time focused on tracking human rights in the Pacific region.

The workshop will be held in central Auckland, New Zealand, on 19-21 August, 2019.

We have set ourselves a grand new challenge, in two parts:

  1. to expand our civil and political rights coverage from the current 19 countries to include as many of the countries and territories of the South Pacific as possible; and
  2. to find ways to fill in data gaps in our economic and social rights metrics in those countries.

We hope to expand to the following 21 countries and territories: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna.

To start this work, we’re holding a collaborative co-design workshop for human rights workers from those countries, to explore how best to go about these challenges. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Tara Moala and Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu.

25 June update: Applications have now closed for most countries. But if you are from American Samoa, French Polynesia, New Caledonia or Guam, we would still welcome your application. Please fill in the form below as soon as possible.

Travel, accommodation, and food expenses will be covered for selected participants.

Workshop goals

Our key goals for this workshop are to:

  • build understanding and relationships with Pacific partners
  • co-design ways to communicate human rights data that suit people in these Pacific nations and territories
  • seek feedback on the suitability for the Pacific region of our expert survey and our data visualisation tools
  • explore the best ways to identify survey respondents in each place
  • appoint more HRMI Ambassadors for the Pacific region.

Selection criteria for participants

Ideal participants will:

  • be working, studying, volunteering or have taken an interest in human rights, social justice or journalism in any of the countries listed above
  • know lots of other people in their country who are involved in human rights work
  • have the English language ability to participate in a human rights workshop.

Please indicate in the form below if you require assistance to attend the workshop – we don’t want money to be a barrier to getting knowledgeable people to the workshop.

We have a limited budget for supporting people to attend the workshop, so will initially prioritise funding selected individuals from the following countries and territories, due to the lower travel costs from these countries to New Zealand: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

If you are from one of the other countries, please still apply if:

a) you are able to fund most or all of your travel costs yourself; or

b) if you are currently living in New Zealand, Australia or an easier to reach Pacific Island nation or territory.

Accommodation and meals will be provided for all Pacific region participants, and travel expenses will be covered for selected participants on a needs basis.

The workshop will be held in English. However, French interpretation could be provided if required by participants from Francophone countries.

Benefits of participating

Our workshop will be run along co-design principles, which means we will all be working together to brainstorm ideas, propose solutions, and learn from each other. The benefits for you will be:

  • networking with other people from around the Pacific who care about human rights
  • learning how to use HRMI data to help bring about improved policies in your country, and improve the lives of people
  • the opportunity to help shape the future direction of HRMI in the Pacific.

Apply to attend

Please note that to be eligible for travel support we must receive your application by Friday 14 June. The deadline has been extended for suitable applicants from American Samoa, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Guam.

    Please describe who you work for/ your current position/ connection with human rights in your country (required)

    Your email (required)

    Why do you want to attend the HRMI co-design workshop?

    Are you open to becoming a HRMI Ambassador for your country or territory? (This does not commit you to anything, and is not compulsory. Please see the explanation and link above.)

    Do you require support to cover your travel costs to and from Auckland?

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