Economic and social rights are clearly enshrined in international human rights law: critical rights such as the right to education, employment, an adequate standard of living, health and social security should be guaranteed by states without discrimination.
We believe increasing socio-economic inequality and recurrent patterns of discrimination, not limited resources, are the root causes of non-realisation of social and economic rights.
We engage with this intersection in two key ways: exploring the link at the conceptual level to develop the discourse; and working towards the practical realisation of socio-economic rights for the most disadvantaged, through applying equality strategies.
Equal Social and Economic Rights: A Litigator’s Guide
Special Issue of the Equal Rights Review
In 2014, we published a special issue of the intersection between equality and socio-economic rights. For the Trust’s conceptual framework on the issue, see The Pyramid Question
, our Executive Director’s Editorial to the volume. The volume contains articles, testimony and interview on the theme of socio-economic rights and equality. Click here to read more
A Focus on Socio-Economic Inequality in Our Country Projects
Our use of the unified approach to equality means that exploring socio-economic inequality is a key element of our work and is integrated into our approach to advocacy
and movement building
Some of our work also places a particular emphasis on equal access to economic and social rights. For example, in Guyana
, we have been working with civil society to build their capacity on the intersection of equality and socio-economic rights, gather evidence on access to socio-economic rights for disadvantaged communities and engage in advocacy for reform.