The pandemic has deepened inequality. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless before the challenges we’re facing. But, if nothing else, our collective response to the pandemic has shown that we have an incredible capacity for change. What if we could emerge from this pandemic with an increased appetite for change? What if we decided to take this as a pivotal moment to change our course?
This 4 part series will take a selection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as starting points, and discuss how we can be empowered to make changes in our everyday lives that can have impact. With insights into current research and work in these areas, as well as open and interactive dialogue among the participants, our goal is that you will leave these sessions not overwhelmed but empowered with new awareness, food for thought, and tangible tips.
Human Rights with Sustainable Impact
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” — Arundhati Roy
The Sustainable Development Goals are critical in the global push for Human Rights: The SDGs hold nation states and governing bodies accountable and allow for more collaboration between sustainable development and human rights agendas. The SDGs are not simply something we should think about when we give philanthropically but they are universal and should be used as guiding principles in how we act in the context of our own communities.
Sustainable Development and Human Rights are inextricably linked. Issues such as structural violence, sexual and reproductive health and maternal mortality need solutions that have sustainable impact and utilise development strategies that include “the human person” as a participant of development, not only the beneficiary.
In the second session of this series, we will talk about how sustainability should be at the core of our human rights approach. Before we can find solutions we have to understand the structural problems and the social forces that drive them and talk about how we can move forward together.
*This event is free to attend.
Guest speakers will be announced soon! Register HERE