[Webinar] It Takes Legal Empowerment to Solve the Housing Rights Crisis

(Madeline Gunderson) #1


Access to justice for the right to housing

Tuesday, April 23rd at 2 PM GMT

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, recently launched a report on Access to justice for the right to housing. According to the report, an estimated 1.8 billion people lack adequate housing; twenty-five percent of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements, and homelessness and forced evictions are on the rise in virtually every country.

On April 23, you’re invited to a webinar organized in collaboration with International Development Research Centre, Canada, and led by Ms. Farha and a group of grassroots activists. They will discuss findings from the report, how it can be used as a tool to advocate for policy change, and why “access to justice for the right to housing is inseparable from the right itself.”

The Rapporteur underscores that “the global housing crisis is rooted in a crisis in access to justice because without access to justice, housing is not properly recognized, understood or addressed as a human right.” The report identifies ten key principles, derived from international human rights law obligations, which States must satisfy to ensure access to justice for various components of the right to housing.

Grassroots Presenters

This webinar will provide space for these frontline practitioners to reflect on their experiences and catalogue the challenges and successes they’ve faced.

You will hear from Justice and Empowerment Initiatives on how they support the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation to empower poor and marginalized individuals and communities to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities.

@andrewmaki @FredPatrick @annamaitland @mschapman @OlusolaBabalola @OhTimehin @Cathawomolo @fxgold @joy2dworld @BUEZEATTORNEY

You will also hear from Katiba Institute, on how they work in of Nairobi’s informal settlements (Kenya) with an interdisciplinary team with holistic strategies to support tenure security, equitable access to services, and justice for residents of Nairobi’s informal settlements.

The Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ)) from Argentina will reflect on their experience working for more than ten years with informal settlement dwellers in Buenos Aires on housing rights, access to public services and urban integration.

@felipemesel @gtizio @pablovitale @SebastianPilo @echegoyemberry2014

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As we receive comments and questions from registrants, I will copy them below. We will do the best we can to answer them all during the webinar.


(Ali Hassan) #6

Wonderful topic, I hope to be very interesting for the participants for the aim of solving the problem Housing crisis


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