Empowering Socially Excluded People to Participate in Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring Policies

12:00 - 13:20
Room 205, Shaw Centre

The objective of this session is to share good practice examples of how socially/politically excluded and/or marginalised people, which can cover be those with disabilities or those belonging to marginalised ethnic groups, age groups etc. can be empowered to take an active part in the design, implementation and monitoring of social inclusion actions funded by public authorities. This approach challenges the traditional “philanthropic” approach that treats socially excluded people as passive recipients of social assistance. Its starting point is human-rights based, considering those socially excluded as individual rights holders who should be actively involved in all actions that concern them based on the principle “nothing about us without us”. Speakers from marginalised/disadvantaged/minority groups will share their stories of successful involvement, as well as the challenges encountered. Adopting a participatory approach, the workshop attendees will then discuss do’s and don’ts for successful involvement of marginalised/disadvantaged/minority groups into policy making, and come up with a list of ’10 keys for involving marginalised groups into policy-making’. Two speakers from public institutions/policy makers will comment on the outcomes, highlighting how they could take the results further in their practice.

Theme: Inclusion

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU FRA)

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Workshop

Speakers

Zara Todd: Project Soctland/European Network on Independent Living, Scotland, Edwin Huizing: Executive Director, Hivos, Netherlands, Maximiliano Sheehan: Procuración Penitenciaria, Argentina

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