CWP’s Spring 2015 Economic and Social Rights Course

Posted on April 1, 2015 in Social Security Debates – Get Involved/Sign up Now for CWP’s Online ESR Course
April 1, 2015

Join CWP for a unique and thought-provoking opportunity to learn about Social and Economic Rights.

Canada Without Poverty would like to invite you to join us this April for a four-week Economic and Social Rights Education online course. As part of our human rights program, the course will give you an opportunity to learn about the UN human rights system and how to apply a human rights framework to social justice work in Canada.

Ending poverty is about justice, not just charity. Economic and social rights are the foundation of a justice-based approach to poverty. Canada has international obligations regarding the human right to food, adequate housing and an adequate standard of living.

CWP offers an online course that will walk you through the meaning of economic and social rights in Canada; where they have been applied, what has been successful, and why it is important to recognize human rights are at the root of addressing social challenges. Over 4-weeks, leading human rights experts will guide you through reading material and discussions to help you get better acquainted with economic and social rights and how they apply to poverty in Canada.

Important course details:

The course is four weeks in length and will run from Monday, April 13th until Sunday, May 10th

Modules will be launched weekly. Themes include: Introduction to Economic and Social (ES) Rights, Poverty, Housing and ES Rights, the Right to Food, and Women and ES Rights

ES Rights experts will join discussions each week and help facilitate conversations

An online platform is used that allows for various discussions which you can join in at any time by posting comments

Cost of the course is $120

The course will require a commitment of 5-7 hours per week for reading required materials, participation in online discussion rooms, as well as attendance on two conference calls and participation in the pre and post evaluation process. The weekly online commitment can be fulfilled at any time, as the online classroom is open 24/7 including weekends.

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We are experiencing the same disorienting combination of tremendous technological and scientific advances going hand-in-hand with increasing economic insecurity for much of the populationEconomic and social rights guarantee social and economic security for all individuals. They include rights such as: the right to adequate food, clothing and housing, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the right to education, the right to social security, the right to freely chosen work and the right to decent working conditions.

These important rights come from international human rights law, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which lay the foundation for human rights laws around the world and created a standard governments could follow. Although these rights cannot be enforced directly by courts in Canada, the federal and provincial governments have a responsibility to make sure these rights are protected.

But, what do economic and social rights have to do with Canadians? What have the United Nations and courts said about poverty as a violation of human rights in Canada? Why are economic and social rights important for women? Why should we look at housing, access to food and education under a human rights framework?

What have previous participants said about our online course?

“I gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding.” – Kari

“I will do more advocating and have more interest in improving food, shelter resources, be more supportive to aboriginal women and also be more aware of the rights as a human being, especially experiencing low-income. This information was an eye-opener!” – Aline

“Until this course, I have never really considered adequate housing, standard of living, food and education under a human rights framework. This course helped put my thoughts into words. I feel enlightened, but at the same time discouraged, with our government’s involvement and performance under human rights laws.” – Angela

A new course starts on Monday, April 13th and will run until Sunday, May 10th. We will be charging $120 (plus a $3.39 registration fee) for participants to join the course. Please note that a fee waiver is available for persons living in poverty, please contact michele[at] for more details.

All you need to join the course is access to a computer with internet, an open mind and a desire to talk about poverty and human rights with experts and colleagues across Canada!

Interested in the course? To sign up, click here.  < >

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