Rules are being re-written and it is our chance to help to re-write them. But even as we re-write them, the challenge to all of us is how to make them real in the lives of the people who most need to experience change.
Covid-19 is a wake up call.
The promotion of private interests over public health through laws, policies and government strategies has impacted every aspect of our lives: long hospital waiting queues and a suicide emergency; homelessness, crippling rents and mortgages; poverty wages, zero hour contracts and a degrading and decimated benefits system; an asylum process which subjects refugees to humiliation, hostility and intentional destitution.
These policies, which have stripped our public services while profiting private interests, are the reason we are so vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the speed and scale at which legislation has been introduced, policies changed, state resources mobilised, people have adapted to radically new lifestyle habits and the market has become secondary to health and well-being - all of these expose the excuses we have heard for years about why change is not possible.
In an era where radical, wholescale social, economic and political change to address climate breakdown is a necessity, the societel reponse to the present emergency demonstrates what is possible.
There will be an attempt to roll-back on policies which are currently protecting people during the emergency. There will be attempts to re-establish what was the status quo. The social solidarity and broad political consensus emerging right now needs to be mobilised to ensure that there is no return to policies of the past which left us vulnerable.
#NoOneLeftBehind is part of PPR's contribution to these efforts.
PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. We support marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real and lasting change in their communities.
PPR’s human rights based approach challenges social and economic inequality. We work with communities experiencing homelessness and unacceptable accommodation, long-term unemployment and social security sanctions, as well as with those in mental health services and the asylum application process.
PPR's organising support is based on the premise that inequalities of opportunity, outcome and treatment are expressions of deeper power inequalities in society; there is a direct correlation between the amount of power a person has in society and the value placed on their experiences and voice when government policy and legislation is being developed, implemented and reviewed.
PPR challenges structural causes of inequality through strategic campaigns to build power - generating immediate, positive changes while gathering momentum for deeper, more sustainable change. We work with marginalised communities to exercise their rights in ways that makes their inequality visible and exhausts existing remedies to reveal the need for structural change. We support communities to develop alternatives which translate the democratic values of accountability, participation and equality into concrete proposals.