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Last week I highlighted how important access is and would continue to become as the UK and other countries continue to grapple with the fall out of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We have also seen in the news how countries have used their lockdowns to focus in on those issues that they want to deal with as quietly as possible: from China and the Uighurs, to Poland’s LGBTQ-free towns, to the UK delaying and possibly rolling back Trans rights and Donald Trump rolling back LGBTQ rights and of course the Black Lives Matters movement pushing back across the globe. Human rights have never been more under threat as they are now. Governments are not even trying to pretend that they are not getting rid of our rights. Instead they are diverting our attention whilst they get on with the nasty business at the core of their ideologies.

Last week’s blog asked the question: who gets to have access to services and support? Well, it is clear that without a rights-based approach to access, very few of us will have that access, as it will be based on appalling outdated notions of race and sexuality and gender.

In International Development programming there has been a concerted push to ensure programming is designed to be Rights-Based. This is difficult and messy and creates many ‘wicked’ problems. But following a rights-based approach also recognises the intrinsic value of a person and ensures that everyone can have access.

As we look forward to a Covid-Brexit recession we must never forget that in ensuring access to services and support is provided equitably (check my first blog from July for more on this), can never come at the cost of another person’s human rights.

Never has it been more important to ensure that everybody has a seat at the table as we create our new world.

What can you do to ensure that others are part of the discussion, decision-making, and share in the rewards of our world?


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