How we work
Rights and Humanity’s work is solution-oriented. We focus on a few critical concerns and answer the questions: what needs to be done? where? and by whom? Then we seek to ensure that it is done. In spearheading action to address specific global humanitarian concerns we use an inclusive participatory approach.
With respect to each, we follow a path combining:
- Thought leadership, research and publications. We analyse the issue through the lens of Human Rights and Responsibilities identifying the practical steps that can be taken by various stakeholders
- Building multi-stakeholder consensus on strategies for action, bringing together UN, governments, NGOs and individuals.
- Policy advice to the UN, governments, NGOs and communities.
- Community empowerment projects building capacity of poor and disadvantaged people to seek and enjoy their human rights and dignity and piloting innovative models for implementation.
- Developing tools for measuring progress.
We also undertake:
- Residential retreats and workshops to build bridges of multi-faith and multi-cultural understanding with a particular emphasis on Islamic/Western dialogue.
- Education in human rights and responsibilities for various sectors and workshops and to train others how to put our methods into practice.
Our research findings are disseminated through conferences, publications, speeches and our websites. Many of our research papers have been published by the UN, Commonwealth Secretariat, EU or other international body as well as by ourselves.
Our Pathways to Solutions
A Multi-Level Approach
One of the main benefits of Rights and Humanity’s work is that we are simultaneously working from the bottom up and from the top down – from grass-roots projects through to national and international policy formulation and the development of human rights law.
We are frequently hired by governments and UN agencies to write policy and develop strategies for implementation. At the same time, we undertake projects to empower people to help themselves and to prevent further impoverishment, facilitating transparent channels of communication, participation and accountability between stakeholders.
This multi-level approach is necessary in order to promote the necessary supportive family, community, national and international environments to enable people to enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. Importance of Rights and Humanity’s Multi-level Approach.
Multi-Stakeholders Consensus Building
Right and Humanity has been described as the mortar between the bricks. We facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders in non-threatening environments. We bring together representatives of governments, UN agencies, NGOs, academics, professionals and those most affected by the particular issue in Round Table discussions designed to prompt concerted action. The results are then fed into the bodies responsible for international and national policy development on the issue under discussion.
By encouraging adoption of our human rights approach as broadly as possible, the impact of our work reaches far beyond those with whom we work directly. In this way, our work benefits people throughout the world. This multiplying effect is one of the critical virtues of our approach.
Analysis and StrategiesWe identify the systemic injustices and structures of society that prevent progress, for instance:
- the discrimination and inequalities which disempower people.
- the socio-cultural constraints and gender-biased policies which impede women’s advancement.
- discriminatory legal frameworks which embed prejudice and division.
- unfair terms of trade, aid and lending which impede the economic growth of poor countries and further impoverish their people.
Then we go on to identify strategies for combating these, through, for example:
- strengthening the legal protection of human rights at the international and national levels.
- integrating a concern for the realisation of human rights into public policy by identifying the steps that need to be taken by governments and other stakeholders to ensure enjoyment of human rights in practice.
- encouraging the development of a supportive socio-cultural environment by tackling the ignorance, suspicion and fear that are root causes of intolerance and discrimination.