Building a Human Rights Bridge out of Poverty

As part of our ‘Human Rights Local’ project, this is the first of a series of events the Human Rights Centre is putting together with Just Fair, ATD Fourth World and Amnesty International UK.

  • Thu 21 Jan 21

    11:00 - 13:30

  • Online

  • Event type


  • Event organiser

    Human Rights Centre

  • Contact details

    Dr Koldo Casla

What do everyday people need to enjoy everyday life? What are the essential conditions needed to live a life of dignity, safety and freedom?

Bringing together lived and learnt experience

Join us for a learning experience with a purpose. This first event of an 8-month series is the beginning of a shared journey that will bring together people with lived and learnt experiences of poverty.

By lived experience we mean the knowledge gained from our background and day-to-day experiences in life. By learnt experience we mean the knowledge we acquire as professionals working with communities and from analysis and research, academic or not.

We are working together to exchange knowledge, develop skills, build capacity and form alliances to drive for real change. Through dialogue, we will learn about the tools we can use to tackle poverty and inequality.

Speakers in this first event include Patricia Bailey, ATD Fourth World, in dialogue with Misha Nayak-Oliver, from Just Fair. A second panel will include Vitalis Mbah, of RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research) who will be talking about the Status4All network, Nikki Hewson, ATD Fourth World, who will discuss how she defends human rights through parent-to-parent advocacy and Kait Laughlin, educator, researcher and anti-poverty campaigner, will speak about accessible human rights education on poverty.

Event series information

Between October 2020 and May 2021, Just Fair, Amnesty International UK, ATD Fourth World and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex will facilitate a series of events to build bridges between people with lived and learned experience of poverty in the UK. They are working in partnership with a diverse group of individuals and community-based grassroots organisations tackling poverty, inequality with some using human rights in their work. The events will include talks, webinars, and training sessions with people who experience or have experienced poverty in their lives. Face to face events in London, Glasgow and other locations will hopefully take place in mid-2021. Having grown out of a number of years working together, these events aim to :

  • Build and re-establish connections between people working on poverty & human rights across the four nations of the UK.
  • Gain new skills and developed existing ones, enabling people to carry out their work, networking, advocating, and campaigning in a more effective manner.
  • Increase confidence in carrying out work on poverty & human rights.
  • Develop understanding of the situation with regards to poverty & human rights in the UK.
  • Start the participatory process to gather data and identify the key issues for 7th review of the UK by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which will take place between late-2020 and mid-2022. This will be one of the first stages of the evidence-gathering process.

How to join

Please register for this event via Eventbrite

Everybody is welcome attend this and all forthcoming events under this series. However, this first event is particularly designed with and for people with lived experience of poverty.

If the event appears to be fully booked when you try to register, consider joining the waiting list. We may be able to release tickets manually.