Collective Work & Discussions

Data is necessary for the realization of human rights. Without it we cannot understand the prevailing human rights situation, we cannot make informed policy decisions, and we cannot assess the effectiveness of those policy decisions. But there is a human rights data gap. 

How can grassroots organizations leverage digital media to support their campaigns? What resources are needed? Last January (6th-11th), ESCR-Net members National Fisheries Solidarity Organisation (NAFSO) and the Blue Club held a workshop on media campaigning in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 27 activists from across the country, the majority of whom were young people, participated in the training.

The Monitoring Working Group has been working on a collective position on data and ESCR to challenge dominant narratives about what types of data count in public decision-making. 

Data is vital for the...

Exclusion in data—which often reflects society’s values and biases about who and what counts—means exclusion in reality when it comes to crises and public policy.

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Update: On June 17, 2020, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in Mexico ruled unanimously that the statistics bureau, INEGI, must indeed include informal settlements officially in the census. The...

Summary of discussions with grassroots women leaders in Chiang Mai,Thailand, August 2019

One of the aims of the Monitoring Working Group is to support community-led monitoring and documentation across the Network. To this end, we participated to the...

On March 3, 2020, a group of Strategic Litigation Working Group (SLWG) and Monitoring Working Group (MWG) members discussed working methods and rights enforcement with members of the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR), as well as...

ESCR-Net, in discussion with the Board and members co-organizing upcoming events and actions, made the difficult decision to cancel all events at least through the end of May 2020.  In doing so, members repeatedly raised the need to advocate for the primacy of human rights in any immediate...

The Covid-19 pandemic has had wide-reaching impacts on people’s human rights, including economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR), largely due to the measures governments have taken to control the spread of infection. Evidence highlighted by ESCR-Net Monitoring Working Group (MWG) members...

The Day After Tomorrow: Confronting Systemic Injustices, Advancing Human Rights

 

  • ESCR-Net Global Call to Action – already endorsed by 135 members and 40 allies from over 60 countries – advances collective demands for a just recovery and new normal in the face of COVID19
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ESCR-Net has launched Altavoz, a guide that provides practical information and tools for using parallel reporting to advance women’s economic social and cultural rights and raise international attention on issues of...