In communities around the world there is an increasing awareness that economic and social inequalities are growing, so that more and more people are just barely surviving, minimized on the margins of their societies. In spite of the international recognition of Universal Human Rights, and the associated responsibilities of governments to uphold them, more than half of the world's population struggle every day for adequate food, water, sanitation, housing and health care — some of the fundamental rights that everyone, everywhere, should enjoy. Few in these marginalized communities have the time or resources to demand their rights. Even less know how or where to begin.
Food for thought for the excluded
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Social Exclusion and Human Rights
Who’s in and who’s out:
1.The process of social exclusion is closely linked to/with many current day economic and human rights (HR) problems. Social groups are excluded, because they have no access to the opportunities afforded to others in society, including public health care services, adequate nutrition, public education, public housing and employment. The many barriers to access prevent people from reaching their full productive potential --in turn constraining equitable economic growth, as well as poor people’s revenues and their HR. Lack of access makes the poor more likely to incur in health and social services expenditures they can ill afford. The exclusion process is exacerbated by prices of basic services out of reach for most of the poor.
The faces of social exclusion:
2.Social exclusion has many faces; among other, it includes residential segregation, exclusion from health care, barriers in access to legal services, inequalities in education, language barriers and schooling inequities for ethnic minorities...