Last week The Joint Committee on Human Rights published its Sixth Report of Session 2016-17, Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability. This is of course makes for essential and interesting reading material for anyone involved in conducting research or working directly with vulnerable target groups in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. At IARS all our projects aim to educate users on their rights as well as empower them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to ensure that their rights remain protected.
Periodically the UN reviews, and looks at ways to improve the state of Human Rights in all 193 member states. This is done approximately every 4.5 years, with the UK recently having had its turn to submit a report on the current state of human rights in the country. This certainly makes interesting reading for any organisation working closely with human rights and to ensure equality and adequate protection for all groups in society.
I have been at a meeting of our MoveOn partners in Florence this week. Everyone at Progetto Acrobaleno was buzzing following a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall the previous day. They were keen to show me where Camilla spoke to their clients, where Camilla had signed their visitors book, where Camilla had chatted about our MoveOn project etc... One group of migrants had only arrived in Italy 3 days beforehand and they were being introduced to Camilla, their view of European Royalty must be somewhat coloured by the fact that a Duchess came to meet them on day 3!
Our Equalities Projects Intern, Laura Leonard, is completing her internship at IARS and off to new adventures, here is what she has to say about her internship:
"My time at IARS has been a brilliant opportunity to gain valuable experience of supporting a project that I feel passionate about - women’s rights. From my first day I had the choice of working on projects and activities that I was most interested in and given real responsibility and input- a refreshing experience for a volunteering role!