Advocacy for economic, social and cultural (ESCR) rights requires concerted effort by those advocating for their respect, protection and fulfilment. Meaningful human rights impact is not possible if it is not informed from the perspectives of marginalized groups and communities and progressively interpreted. For this to happen, advocacy efforts must be focused on impact at the level of normative development, that reflects local realities and is aimed at preventing, ending or remedying human rights violations.
Local advocates and victims of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights violations (and their advocates), however, are often far removed from international human rights mechanisms and not able to directly contribute to shaping ESC rights standards.
By building respectful relationships with local advocates and victims of ESC rights violations and connecting them with international mechanisms, we work to provide space for our partners to directly contribute to shaping ESC rights standards.
We believe in amplifying the voices of local advocates by leveraging international law and mechanisms and informing the content, meaning, and interpretation of international human rights norms from the perspectives of marginalized groups and communities. As such, this two-way exchange of information and advocacy results both in specific change at the local level and structural change within the international human rights normative framework, and a more intentional and profound symbiosis between the two.