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Caiso’s Human Rights Training A Success

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The next time Caiso—the LGBT rights organisation, not the art form—offers its Human Rights Training seminar, rush to participate in it. I was fortunate enough to take part in this seminar on Saturday gone and it was, quite simply, amazing. For free, I heard presentations on gender and power, human rights law, the power of advocacy, using media effectively and effective citizenship, representing several days’ worth of information packed into a one-day session at Caiso’s Belmont office.



Though the session was hosted by Caiso, the agenda of I am a Citizen was about human rights in general, not just LGBT rights; and although the participants included queer folk, others were also present (though, I must admit, I didn’t take a poll of the participants’ sexual orientations).



The presenters had impeccable credentials: Wayne Kublalsingh of the Highway Re-Route Movement; Rosanna Farmer of Plastikeep; Merle Hodge of Women Working for Social Progress; journalist Sheila Rampersad; law educator Arif Bulkan; and UWI students and members of the group Support for Change Renelle White and Rachael Espinet. Each facilitator brought something different and thought provoking to the table.



White and Espinet had participants thinking about sex, gender and power and the relationship between them; Rampersad taught even an old media worker like me a thing or two about using the media for advocacy; and Bulkan was a wealth of information on the human rights mechanisms available in T&T, from the Constitution to various international organs and domestic law. If I had to say what I most enjoyed, however, it was the presentation by Kublalsingh.


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