If we are really honest, we must recognize that, in our development work, we often offer simplistic and politically neutral solutions. High aspirations do not always translate into commensurate actions. We cannot rent ourselves a consciousness by just staying the course. Every one of us involved is sitting in a glass house. Those we proclaim to work for are watching.
The Readers in this volume convincingly argue that ignoring political and Human Rights issues will (continue to) result in non-viable development paths. That is why the ensuing pieces call for embarking in a veritable heroic struggle of ideas and actions against a host of powerful pro-status-quo special interests.
The rights-based approach we are calling for makes inclusion, Human Rights and equity real priorities.
Our public mission, then, is to re-center the development debate and to convincingly articulate the reasons for centering it around Human Rights. The Readers give you food for thought and for action for just that.
The Readers are neither systematically elaborated pieces nor do they launch new theories; they are rather true pamphlets whose provocative theses are meant to bring about real change. Get reading and form your own judgement. Only by using the concepts herein and articulating them convincingly will we begin to make headway towards desperately needed change.
- 475. WOMEN ARE BORN FREE AND EQUAL IN RIGHTS TO MEN. - February 17, 2019
- 474. THE MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIONS ARE LOCAL, NOT IN GENEVA OR IN NEW YORK. - February 17, 2019
- 473. WE ARE NOT BORN FREE AND EQUAL AS OUR CONSTITUTIONS SAY; WE EVENTUALLY MAKE OURSELVES EQUAL. (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451) - February 17, 2019
- 472. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE WITH THE REALIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE HISTORICAL ROOTS IN THE INFLUENCE OF INSTITUTIONALIZED RELIGION (of whatever faith or denomination). - February 17, 2019
- 471. CONVENTIONAL HISTORY IS POSITIONED AS THE ULTIMATE ARBITER –SHOULD IT BE THE JUDGE? HAS HISTORY ANYTHING TO SAY TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT NOW? (Janet Roitman) - February 17, 2019
- 470. IN HUMAN RIGHTS WORK, WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN CLARITY ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IDEALISM AND ACTIVISM. - February 17, 2019
- 469. FURTHER DEMOCRATIZATION OF HEALTH CARE MUST BECOME AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL AGENDA: A COUPLE OF HOW TOs. - February 17, 2019
- 468. BOTH CAPACITY BUILDING AND CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT REFER TO LOCKING-IN THE ABILITY TO PERFORM MORE EFFECTIVELY: THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS LEARNING. - February 17, 2019
- 467. THE RIGHT TO HEALTH HAS SIMPLY NOT YET BEEN GRANTED WHAT IS INHERENT TO IT. (Part two of two) - February 17, 2019
- 466. THE RIGHT TO HEALTH HAS SIMPLY NOT YET BEEN GRANTED WHAT IS INHERENT TO IT. (Part one of two) - February 17, 2019