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The route to a better UK: The everyday Rights Conversation

Make our everyday rights part of UK law. Join the everyday rights conversation. 

A decent job and home, enough to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy environment, the chance to learn, and a safety net when we most need it.

These are our economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) – our everyday rights.

We want to make our everyday rights part of UK law, so we are gathering people together to discuss the issue and develop ideas on the practicalities of how this can be achieved across the UK. This is referred to as ESCR incorporation.

It’s the everyday rights conversation.

Together we can find the route to a better UK. Join in.

Some devolved parts of the UK are pushing ahead to bring our everyday rights into law, so groundwork is needed to develop a UK-wide approach to ESCR incorporation.

Help make sure these rights are guaranteed for us all by joining the everyday rights conversation. You can help generate ideas and proposals about how ESCR incorporation can practically be achieved across the UK. 

The route to a better UK: the everyday rights conversation are free and open to all. It is supported by the UK ESCR Network.

The conversation starts with a series of discussion sessions.

Who can get involved?

All of the everyday rights conversation’s activities will be free and open to civil society organisations, activists, academics, rights holders, decision-makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in our everyday rights in the UK. No prior knowledge is required.

We encourage people to participate in the whole of the everyday rights conversation and attend as many discussion sessions as possible.

We also hope this process will help you become more confident in using everyday rights as a tool for change in your own communities and sectors.

What will the everyday rights conversation explore?

The everyday rights conversation began with an introductory session, and will be followed by sessions focusing on each of Just Fair’s five principles for effective incorporation of ESCR.

These are:

  1. Rights knowledge
  2. Rights frameworks
  3. Rights resourcing
  4. Rights accountability
  5. Rights enjoyment

Read more about Just Fair’s five principles on our blog.

The second phase of the everyday rights conversation will involve examining specific areas that require our attention to ensure everyone’s rights are met, such as the interdependence of environmental rights and ESCR, and the importance of equality.

Further information about how you can also get involved by sending us your thoughts or related evidence will be published here shortly.

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Discussion 3: Frameworks

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Rights frameworks

Wednesday 20 March 2024 – 13:00-14:30

Join a discussion on the second of our five principles for ESCR incorporation in the UK, ‘Rights frameworks’.

The protection of economic, social and cultural rights – our everyday rights – in the UK requires frameworks to:

  • bring these rights into our law across the UK
  • make sure these rights exist in our everyday lives
  • make sure the protection of rights is a key part of decision-making to stop violations happening.

When something goes wrong, we need to make sure that easily accessible and properly resources routes to remedy exist.

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Accessibility note for participation

We use Zoom because it has some great accessibility features

To can make the event as accessible as possible, please let us know as soon as possible (and at least 72 hours before the event) if you have any communication or access needs.

Please contact [email protected].

Our sessions will be recorded, and the videos made available on our website for watching back.

Please note that we may be discussing how people have experienced violations of their rights at these sessions and some people may find this difficult.  

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Everyday rights conversation resource page

Check out the new resource page where you’ll find materials from each of the discussion sessions including recordings, summaries, presentations and useful documents. 

Join the UK ESCR Network

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Join the UK Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network today

The UK Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network is a collective of organisations and individuals committed to the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights, without discrimination in the UK.

Network members include non-governmental organisations, charities, academics and universities, as well as campaign groups interested in taking a human rights approach to social justice.

Membership is free and signing up is easy – just complete the form below.

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