V. How to Use this Manual This manual is intended as a guide to those who wish to learn more about CEELI’s Social Advocates program and to adapt the program to their own needs. The information contained in this manual is a description of how the program was developed and implemented in Russia. The advice, likewise, is based upon the experiences of the organizers and trainers of the program. This manual is not intended to be used in place of a Training for Trainers, and therefore does not include information about conducing a needs assessment, preparing the content of a training program, the logistics of organizing a training, training methods or methods of evaluation. Each of these topics, however, is vital to a successful training program and should be addressed. It is, therefore, suggested that users of this manual who are unfamiliar with the process of training first consult guides or other references on how to develop training programs. 3
It is recommended that anyone wishing to conduct similar Social Advocates trainings first identify the specific areas of concern in their region or country. It is of primary importance to analyze the concrete obstacles women face in addressing the legal system, both in the law enforcement structure and in the law itself. 4 Social Advocates should be trained in the local and national laws appropriate to the region as well as in specific situations they may encounter when working with victims of violence. The Social Advocates program can be adopted by NGOs or by other social service providers. When carried out by NGOs, however, it is advisable to involve the 3 The website of Winrock International’s project on Community Response to Domestic Violence and Trafficking in Humans offers a training manual in Russian and English: http://www.winrock.org.ua/DOS/En/lpublic/general.php. Likewise, the Stop Violence Against Women website offers English- language information about Women’s Human Rights Training and guidelines for creating a training program, under its section on “Advocacy Tools”: http://www.russian.stopvaw.org/index.asp. 4 A number of recent surveys and reports on the status of women’s rights in Russia are available on-line and may be useful resources in the creation of a Social Advocates training program. For example, the website of the Moscow Helsinki Group [hosts reports on Discrimination Against Women in Contemporary Russia (http://www.mhg.ru/publications/2039961) and Discrimination Against Women in the Regions of the Russian Federation (http://www.mhg.ru/publications/2517407). Additionally, the informational site Open Women Line (http://www.owl.ru/) as well as UNIFEM’s regional site (http://www.unifemcis.org/) and anti-violence site, For Life Free of Violence, (http://www.nasilie.net/) all offer current information about violence against women in Russia and the CIS region.
30 appropriate local government agencies in the training process as much as possible, since these are the bodies ultimately responsible for the protection of human rights. CEELI has modified and improved the Social Advocates program over the years, to ensure that it continues to address gaps in existing legal services. In a similar manner, users of this manual are encouraged to adjust its contents and the Social Advocates program for themselves.