Women’s Rights Curriculum © Nosapo, Inc. Cover: Ley Uwera, Published by, Nosapo, Inc. Melanie McCarthy. Boston, Massachusetts. March 2019

Women’s Rights Curriculum © Nosapo, Inc. Cover: Ley Uwera, Published by, Nosapo, Inc. Melanie McCarthy. Boston, Massachusetts. March 2019

The Nosapo Women’s Rights Curriculum is a tool for you to discover resources and various approaches to women’s human rights education.

This curriculum is intended to provide a holistic, culturally sensitive, and current approach to teaching women’s human rights to populations most at-risk of human rights violations. It draws upon information and experiences from educators, researchers, and front-lines human rights defenders to offer a practical and accessible approach to teaching this critical subject matter.

Nosapo created the only Women’s Human Rights Curriculum that encompasses only current information and events, that is designed for accessibility for a range of ages and settings, written in plain language that is appealing for all learners, and is written to empower individuals, and especially women, to protect and promote human rights for all. To rise from surviving to thriving, it is paramount to promote human rights and equality to all individuals. Populations must understand equality, recognize and protect their rights and the rights of others, and this comprehend the deserved fair treatment for all. Teaching women’s rights through our Women’s Rights Curriculum creates a space for discussion, access to relevant material and evidence, and the opportunity to explore, challenge, and develop values and opinions.

The Curriculum may be facilitated in its entirety, or the facilitator may apply individual chapters to their syllabus; each chapter is cohesive and fluid to the Curriculum as a whole but may be delivered independently as well. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is used to scaffold each chapter of the Curriculum—each chapter beginning with an article of the UDHR.

The Nosapo, Inc. Women’s Rights Curriculum facilitates a comprehensive and current women’s human rights education that may be facilitated to any gender. Because Nosapo’s mission is to foster human rights in the populations most at risk, the target audience for the Curriculum is populations in migratory transition, at risk of forced migration or recently resettled communities. The Women’s Rights Curriculum aims to support stability and knowledge of basic human rights, international women’s rights, current events and people in action, and connection through knowledge.

The Curriculum includes:

  • Timeline: Beginning with the first National Women’s Day, the Timeline highlights human rights milestones to current day.

  • The Glossary of Terms

  • Current Violations: The violations raise awareness to those affected, align like-minded activists, and spark international resemblance and empathy.

  • Resources + Support: Successful human rights ideologies and regulations must work within a legal system; the guide to resources and support may be useful to contact legal and safety agents.

Each chapter includes:

1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article

2. Plain language explanation of the UDHR Article

3. Woman, Women, or People in Action

4. Violations relative to the article (“Current Violations”) or a guided conversation (“How do we see this act violated?”)

5. Facilitation Instruction


Nosapo’s Facilitation Guide, Teaching on the Ground: Practices for Mindful, Grounded Teaching, compliments this human rights education and offers best practices for trauma-informed, culturally sensitive education. This is a guide for:

  1. Teaching in a multi-cultural setting

  2. Multi-cultural responsive teaching methods

  3. To speakers of other languages

  4. An inclusive classroom/setting

  5. Using conflict resolution

  6. In a trauma-informed approach

  7. Using "mindful" practices to connect with learners

  8. Incorporating compassion, empathy, and grounded teaching styles


Nosapo’s partners in our Freedom (Free Distribution of Marterials) Project are provided educational materials free of charge.

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Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect in all areas of life. Gender discrimination is when a person is treated unfairly or unfavorably because of sex. Gender discrimination can affect a person to varying degrees within the privacy of their own home or in public life. A person may experience gender discrimination in the home, in the workplace, and in public life. The following information explains gender discrimination to and for women. The definitions and examples do, however, apply to all people.