Discover Human Rights: A Human Rights Approach to Social Justice

This training is designed to help civil society organizations in the United States use human rights principles to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice. It provides concrete steps to social justice advocates for integrating international human rights principles into their work from framing the issues to identifying human rights-based strategies to ensure these rights are fulfilled for people. Using a participatory methodology, the training and accompanying manual combines short presentations with interactive activities including large group discussions, small group work, and role playing. 

The 12-hour training is broken down into three core modules that can be taught in a single intensive 2-day training or as separate sessions:


Module 1: International Human Rights (3 hours). This module is a primer on human rights and the international human rights system and also explores the connection between human rights and social justice work in the United States.

Module 2: Strategies of a Human Rights Approach (3 hours). This module sets out the key definitions, principles, and elements of a human rights approach. Four key strategies for how to apply a human rights approach are explained in detail, as well as how these strategies affect an organization’s social justice work in terms of planning and actions.

Module 3: Applying a Human Rights Approach (6 hours). This module introduces practical tools that can be used to implement a human rights approach, culminating in the creation of a concrete action plan. Each of the tools provided corresponds to the different human rights-based strategies explained in Module 2.


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