International Advocacy Workshop 2019 on Human Rights and Development from a Family Perspective


02 September

03 September


If you are interested in family issues and want to gain experience in the work of International Organizations, join us in our International Advocacy Workshop, held in Budapest (Hungary), 2nd to 4th September 2019 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). It will consist of an intensive three-day alternative educational program with diverse lectures, workshops and good practices.

The Seminar will have no cost for academic activities and meals offered during breaks, but the whole of travel and lodging costs should be covered by participant. It will bring together entry-level professionals or students of social studies/political sciences or a related field, who demonstrate a strong interest in family issues and are fluent in English usage, as well as NOE, IFFD and other stakeholders staff. They will come from diverse geographical, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

This course will critically assess the field of international human rights and development advocacy, its institutions, strategies, and key actors. It will explore how domestic, regional, and agendas are set; the ethical and accountability dilemmas that arise and advocacy concerning a range of actors, including governments, international institutions, and the private sector.  Evaluation will be based on class participation and a final paper.

Invited speakers

  • Katalin Kardosne Gyurko, President, NOE (Hungary)
  • Petra Aczel, Director of the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theory, Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary)
  • Andrea Soos, Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
  • Gwyther Rees, UNICEF Innocenti (Italy)
  • Boglarka Illes, Deputy Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Andrew Mile,  IFFD Hungary
  • Jan Ledochowski, President, Plattform Christiedemokratie (Austria)
  • Regina Maroncelli, President, ELFAC
  • Madeleine Wallin, Secretary-General, FEFAF
  • Caroline Höglund, Vice-President, HARO (Sweden)
  • Kinga Joo, Vice-President, NOE (Hungary)
  • Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations, IFFD
  • Alex Vázquez, Permanent Representative to the UN, IFFD

General topics

  • Overarching family perspective
  • Family formation and vulnerabilities
  • The role of families and Early Childhood Development

Good practices

  • Family and the UN
  • Young families and youth transitions
  • Large families role and challenges


  • Family-friendly policies and the civil society at the UN
  • Youth Interventions for family strengthening
  • Gender equality and job opportunities for parents


Sapientia Szerzetesi Hittudományi Főiskola (Sapientia College of Theology of Religious Orders)

Piarista köz 1., 1052, Budapest, Hungary


CV and a cover letter should be sent to

UPDATE: Deadline for applications extended to Monday, August 5th, due to several gentle requests.


About the organizers

This year, the International Advocacy Workshop will be held in Budapest Hungary. It will be co-organized by the Hungarian National Association of Large Families (NOE) and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD).



The National Association of Large Families (commonly abbreviated and used as NOE in Hungarian), was founded in 1987, aiming to offset the prejudices against large families in the society and fighting for measurements that can help families with children. Nowadays, NOE has about 70 000 members and more than 200 local organisations.

NOE is the largest family organization in Hungary. With their activities they are striving to be present in various civil representative bodies which might have an impact on legislation. They offer counselling and help-lines for free on various topics including general legal advice, housing, consumer protection, child raising, etc.

NOE has also many activities for member families and holds meetings and conferences for experts, including events with an international scope.



The primary mission of IFFD is to support parents in their educational work within functioning families, helping them develop their full potential as educators of their children with no discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex or origin and based in the conviction that this is an unavoidable task for parents, and it must have the recognition and support of institutions and social partners.

It was established in the United States, as a non-confessional, non-profit, non-partisan, independent and private federation of Family Enrichment Centers. With more than 8,500 volunteers around the world, IFFD programs are currently offered in 70 countries worldwide.

IFFD holds general consultative status with ECOSOC, a position only granted to 3% of Civil Society organizations working in United Nations. IFFD has participated in different Expert Group Meetings and co-organizers of United Nations events. Also, it has been part of innovating projects of the European Union and UNICEF regarding the role of families in society.

If you are interested in family issues and want to gain experience in the work of International Organizations, join us in our International Advocacy Work, held in Budapest (Hungary), 2nd to 4th September 2019.

International Advocacy Workshop on IFFD website