Rights in Action

Despite our great wealth, almost one-fifth of Scots live in poverty. Inadequate standards of living, poor provision of basic goods and services, discrimination and social exclusion are all features of poverty in this country.

They are also violations of the human rights that our government has promised to respect, protect and uphold.

Community organisations, charities and activists are working across Scotland to loosen the grip of poverty. Rights In Action will work with communities to add human rights to their collective power.

Our Rights in Action Project has three main components:

• ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops to raise awareness of how human rights can be used as a tool in the fight against poverty.

• Learning groups that create opportunities for community organisations and community members to share experiences, learn and identify community action. Poverty Alliance will support and stand behind community action.

• Participatory research projects that will enable community researchers to generate learning on the overlaps between human rights and intersections of inequality and undertake action.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in this project please contact lydia.murphy@povertyalliance.org.

You can also stay up to date with what’s going on in the project by signing up to our Rights in Action newsletter.

Newsletter

Stay up to date with what’s going on in the project by signing up to the Rights in Action newsletter.

Resources

Rights in Action Resources

Scottish Human Rights Resources

September 9, 2022

The more we know about our rights, the more we’re able to use them as way of pushing for positive change. We’ve curated a whole webpage of resources to help you.

Events

RiA Events

April 8, 2022

Rights in Action events will be coming here soon.

Publications

Rights in Action Literature Review

May 31, 2022

Part of our Rights in Action project, our research team set out to explore the understanding and awareness of economic, social and cultural rights amongst marginalised communities in Scotland and to examine how organisations in Scotland have adopted human rights-based approaches.

Blog

Rights in Action: Why are we thinking about poverty and human rights? 

May 27, 2022

At the Poverty Alliance, we have long favoured taking a human rights approach to our anti-poverty work.  Fundamentally, human rights are about ensuring that we are all able to lead dignified lives. Poverty can strip people of their dignity and is a human rights failure, stopping people from being able to access their human rights.  … Read more

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