Mobilising and advocating for the fulfillment of human rights commitments: Seminar on Understanding the ICESCR and the MDGs
The Community Law Centre, Black Sash, People’s Health Movement South Africa, and the National Welfare Social Service and Development Forum, and the Global Call to Action against Poverty South Africa invite you to a seminar on understanding the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Ms. Anthea Van Der Burg (SAHRC), Mr. Watson Hamunakwadi (GCAPSA) and Dr. Lilian Chenwi (CLC)
In commemoration of the Mandela Day on 18 July 2011, several organisations including the National Welfare Forum (NWF), Global Call to Action against Poverty South Africa (GCAP-SA), Black Sash, Amnesty International South Africa, People's Health Movement - South-Africa (PHMSA) and the Community Law Centre (CLC) at the University of the Western Cape, held a seminar to advocate for the ratification for the ICESCR and its Optional Protocol. It is clear from the discussions that South Africa needs to urgently ratify the ICESCR. The ratification would strengthen the domestic protection of economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa through policy legislation (laws) and jurisprudence (decisions of court). It was acknowledged that poverty remains a huge challenge in South Africa. The ratification of the ICESCR and its Optional Protocol would contribute substantively to the shifting of poverty and inequality in South Africa.