Following the success of the Social Rights Alliance in the North West, Just Fair has secured a 3 year grant from Tudor Trust to establish an Alliance across England. The Alliance will work with communities to use the framework of Economic and Social Rights to address the inequalities and injustices they are facing. Through creating networks, developing resources, carrying out research and organising events the Alliance will empower a diverse range of grassroots activists, people with lived experiences of inequality and injustice, and community organisations.
Susanna Hunter-Darch has joined Just Fair as the Social Rights Alliance Coordinator – England. Having worked in the community and youth sector for many years, Susanna is passionate about creating spaces for critical conversations to develop understanding of root-causes and empowering communities to use their lived experience and knowledge to challenge the status quo.
“I’m excited to get out there to work with activists who will use a rights-based approach to drive change in their communities. As a national network will build a collective voice to hold decision makers to account and ensure people’s lived experiences and needs are at the centre.”
Additional funding from Tudor Trust will be used to get the Alliance established in Greater Manchester and then the North West over the coming year. Rachael Gibbons, the Social Rights Alliance Coordinator – North West has joined Just Fair having worked in youth leadership and campaigns for a number of years. Prior to Just Fair, she worked for a Tenants Union and committed to addressing inequalities, particularly faced by working class young people, that are very rarely voiced in decision making processes.
Over the coming weeks and months, the Alliance in the North East, North West and England wide, will be looking at where and how to best respond to needs that are being exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Though a challenging time to develop the Alliance, this also provides an opportunity to ensure that Economic and Social Rights at the centre of recovery plans and local voices in this process will be key.
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