The Institute is divided in three phases.
The First phase is a two weeks training in understanding of conflict and tools for analysis, human rights mechanisms, research methods and documenting of women’s realities; in order to prepare women with skills needed to document stories, experiences and violence against women in conflict in their home countries. At the end of the two weeks training, women leaders develop plans of action relating to specific human rights issues affecting women in situations of armed conflict that require documentation.
The Second Phase takes place in the home countries of the women leaders where the participants carry out field research and collection of information on the particular human rights issue they choose to research on; in response to community action. Isis-WICCE supports the participants with the seed fund to enable them undertake the documentation process.
During the third Phase of the institute, the participants are exposed to new learning on peace building, conflict transformation, advocacy, networking, leadership and organizational development. This phase is to arm the women leaders with knowledge and leadership skills to apply it when advocating for women’s concerns and to plan and execute their own action plans while dealing with realities of conflict in their own countries.