|3 December 2004
The two members of "Sutyajnik" were
invited to the THIRD GLOBAL LINKING & LEARNING PROGRAMME ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND
CULTURAL RIGHTS (1-10 December 2004, Alcochete, Portugal)
Eradicating poverty is one of the biggest human development
challenges of today. However global poverty cannot be eradicated by isolated
projects alone. It can only be achieved through the adoption and implementation
of consistent policies rooted in human rights, at the national, regional and
Human rights provide a framework to tackle the root causes of poverty.
Increasing awareness of human rights can strengthen and invigorate efforts for
social change, as people learn what obligations and commitments their
governments have made to ensure the realization of human dignity for all.
The Linking & Learning Programme, organised for the third year, aims to equip
selected participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate human
rights in their daily work. The programme is aimed at activists from social and
economic justice movements and at those working directly with persons living in
The programme is implemented by Dignity International, in partnership with the
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), the International
Human Rights Internship Program,) and the International Network for Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net).
AIM OF THE PROGRAMME
The overall goal of this programme is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of
those working to empower people living in extreme poverty through the adoption
of a human rights framework and thereby contribute to build the capacity of
grassroots movements to better promote and defend basic ESC rights.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
§ Provide organisations and grassroots activists from social and economic
justice movements with knowledge and a better understanding of ESC rights and
equip them with the skills necessary to become active in promoting and defending
§ Engage in a process of enriching the meaning and content of ESC rights as
the grassroots participants collectively bring their on the ground realities to
the human rights dialogue;
§ Provide a space for the exchange of experiences and ideas in the area of
ESC rights and facilitate, where necessary, collaborative action across regions
through appropriate follow-up after the learning programme.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS
The programme will bring together twenty "catalysts" from the different world
regions. These persons will be in a position to spread knowledge and skills they
have acquired from the programme and to introduce/implement what they have
acquired within their own organisations or community. These participants will be
drawn from development organisations, and groups fighting for social and
economic justice. Priority will be given to women and those coming directly from
the grassroots organisations.
The information from the web site of the "Dignity
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