CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Online HELP course for trainers from Azerbaijan on combating discrimination

Azerbaijan 26 October 2021
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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Online HELP course for trainers from Azerbaijan on combating discrimination

KURSDA İŞTİRAKA DƏVƏT Azərbaycanlı təlimçilər üçün ayrı-seçkiliklə mübarizə haqqında onlayn HELP (Hüquqşünaslar üçün İnsan Hüquqları Təhsili üzrə Avropa Proqramı) kursu

This document describes the proposal for a training of trainers from Azerbaijan on combating discrimination. The proposal includes the Council of Europe HELP courses “Anti-Discrimination” and “Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia”, and a specific train-the-trainer seminar aimed at developing the methodological skills of trainers, to be implemented in 2021/2022 in the framework of the regional project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Eastern Partnership countries”, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance phase II.

Course objectives

  • Develop participants’ knowledge of the concepts and manifestations of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia and approaches to fight against them
  • Develop participants’ understanding of redress to discrimination, existing standards at European level and mechanisms present at national level
  • Improve participants’ skills to offer support to victims of discrimination
  • Develop participants’ skills to act as trainers for others on combating discrimination in Azerbaijan.

Course modules

For each module, participants will have assignments and will have to go through the course materials on the HELP platform of the Council of Europe. Each module between module 1 and 4 include live webinars. Module 5 is proposed as an offline seminar.

  1. Anti-discrimination
    • Key concepts
    • Remedies
    • Specific groups
  2. Introduction and legal framework
    • Perceptions and bias
    • Key concepts
    • European Convention on Human Rights, European Social Charter and EU Law
    • Role of different actors
    • Case law from the European Court of Human Rights and the EU Court of Justice
    • Legislation and practices in Azerbaijan
  3. Racism and xenophobia:
    • Hate crime/Hate speech/harassment/ discrimination
    • Discrimination in Azerbaijan
  4. Homophobia and transphobia:
    • Hate crime/hate speech/harassment /respect for private and family life
    • Discrimination against LGBTI people
  5. Trainers’ skills (2 day offline seminar – January 2022, dates and venue tbc)
    • Methodologies for adult learning
    • Pedagogical skills, training programme development.


Length and attendance requirements

The course is proposed to be carried out as follows:

  • Online phase: 15 November 2021 – 15 January 2022
  • Offline seminar: second half of January 2022.

The course requires an online participation of an average of 2 hours/week. To get the course certificate, the participants must attend 80 % of the course activities and submit the intermediate and final tests.

Tutors and experts

Two tutors will support the course. Experts will offer talks and discussions on specific topics in the course.



The course will run in Azerbaijani.


Technical requirements

Participants must have an internet connection and a computer or tablet. Useful to have are also a microphone and a camera.



The training of trainers will include 20 participants. The profiles of the participants will be:

  • Staff of the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan working equality and non-discrimination or in the legal education team or other relevant departments
  • Staff of relevant NGOs in Azerbaijan working on combating discrimination
  • Independent trainers working with the Ombudsman or with NGOs on combating discrimination
  • Trainers or staff of other relevant national institutions working on combating discrimination.

Participants must also:

  • Be in a position to multiple the newly learnt in their organization or institution
  • Have the possibility to run training courses for their colleagues or other professionals and citizens
  • Be motivated to become more active in combating discrimination in Azerbaijan.



The Council of Europe is seeking to identify the 20 participants. If you fit the profile, apply here:
The deadline for applications is 7 November 2021.
Applicants will be informed about the result of the selection by 10 November.

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