ALTD strives to find better ways of social life for women and children through research, education and campaigning. The ALTD believes that every human being is entitled to a good and a fair life, therefore we are hoping to find the social problems that hinder the well-being of families and the society. The ALTD is looking to find solution for the challenges faced by vulnerable members of the society.
The Alternative Links for Training and Development needs the support and the cooperation of the government, parliament members, the local councils and partner institutions in order to implement its objectives. The ALTD is hoping to resume its works for women. At the moment we have branches in London and Birmingham.
Alternative Links for Training and Development (ALTD) established in 2000, as an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO) in London, United Kingdom (UK). The ALTD is working to promote democracy values, gender equity and economic empowerment through set up local initiatives. The ALTD aims to promote democracy values, human rights and social development through building the capacity of diasporas, conduct research and advocacy. ALTD is working with policy makers , CSOs, women groups, youths groups and children to improve the social life, human rights and development conditions for both citizens in rural and urban areas through conducting training, research, legislation monitoring, advocacy, capacity building, protection of refugees rights and integration, protection of environment, awareness rising, campaign and networking.
ALTD’s vision is a situation, in which human rights are understood, respected and monitored by the people; the society is governed by the rule of law and on the basis of democracy and human rights; and target communities have reached a sustainable level of social and economic self-autonomy.
Alternative links for Training and Development (ALTD) seeks the full application of international human rights standards and implementing of Rule of Law by educating the public in human rights and improvement of the citizen rights situation in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia through building the capacity of diasporas, conduct research and advocacy.
Target Areas and Target Groups:
· Target Areas: ALTD has been working in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Currently ALTD’s activities covered London in UK and Afghanistan. ALTD have good coverage in EU, North Africa and Central Asia.
· Target Groups: ALTD works for and with Diasporas, refugees, women, youth, scholars, policy makers, disabled people and victims of human rights..
1. The economic empowerment and training for the assistance of women at worldwide, to support them achieving economic independence through improving their skills, entrepreneurship imagination and management.
2. Language, inter-cultural skills and computer knowledge, and small business Training and education worldwide but particularly in the Muslim communities, and specially education and training of women in order to assist them in the job market and/ or establish their own income generating activities. promotion of education for children particularly those of girls in order to secure a better future for them. Educational support for children of refugee and immigrant parents with a focus on child rights.
3. Human rights education, in particular training of international human rights law, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and international treaties concerning women for our constituency and in particular for the civil society activists, in form of weekly workshops. Similarly women and peace making within and between community would be continue to be one of our priorities. The aim of this workshop is to raise human rights knowledge in an expert level among human rights activists working with disadvantaged group in the UK, Europe, Afghanistan, and in other post conflict societies.
1) Promotion of economic empowerment for under-privileged in particular for women:
To this end, Alternative Link, has circulated and disseminated the information on successful economic local initiative among similar organisations in other part of the world most notably South Asia and Latin America. It has also helped to promote networking among other organizations and encourage the use of digital media where such possibilities exist. The organization has carried out marketing research and has helped market their product directly. It has provided information about Alternative trade organisation to the local income generating activities. It has helped to provide capacity building through training for organising for technical and more general literacy skills and for management skills for small business in both rural and urban settings.
2) Language and computer literacy training for activists:
Beside financial, legal, and inter-cultural skills it is the language barrier and lack of information that prevent many of the local activists to build networks and participate in regional and international events. In most middle eastern countries, learning one of the major European language such as English that has come to be the predominantly the language of international meetings, has been privilege of elites particularly among women. Therefore, Alternative link has provided a series of easy language training direct to the special needs of local activists. Alternative link provided computer and social media literacy in order to facilitate the connection of local organisation and individual activist to the international community and dissemination of the information. Through these activities Alternative Link has promoted their contacts with the international community in particular in the grass root and non-governmental organisations in other developing countries.
3) Promote and facilitate research for action:
Research and recognition of the problem as well as looking for remedies at the local as well as international level has been an essential ingredient to bring about positive social change and building a just society. Alternative links has supported and promoted research for action initiated at local level which could feed into advocacy and lobbying, capacity building and networking activities. In particular Alternative links has helped to develop appropriate research methodology and supported pioneered research in areas of children education women’s entrepreneurship and informal sector, family law, sustainable development, the interface of culture, religion and law and women in political processes.
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