Promoting human rights and sustainable development
CEDCOW promotes rights based approaches to development. At moment, our emphasis is being placed on strengthening the relationship between rights violations, poverty and exclusion, vulnerability and conflict. We value and regard human rights as a means for improving the quality of life and development and will integrate rights activities and policies explicitly or implicitly into various dimension of our development work.
We believe that when the rights and opinion of the people or community is not considered in any development venture, it can cause conflict and instability. Equally, if the local resources are not properly managed, if the rightful people are denied access and benefit to their resources, eg timber oil, minerals, etc, not only is their right violated, but such action easily caused tension or hostility and as a result retard development efforts.
CEDCOW recognises that the world's poorest people were bearing the brunt of the economic downturn and millions of people were facing insecurity and indignity. Where people had tried to protest, their actions had in many cases been met with repression and violence says Amnesty.
CEDCOW also believe that rising poverty could lead to instability and mass violence, especially when such hardship is accompanied by instability, exploitation and war. Equally, the loss of lands and lack of access to natural resources has resulted in severe poverty which has limited people's access to adequate education, health services, housing and sanitation, information and justice. For instances the indigenous communities as a whole suffer from discrimination, marginalization and extreme poverty, yet the plight of women is compounded by multiple discrimination. Women belonging to minorities suffer from multiple discrimination because of their social status and gender. As women, they may be subject to discrimination from both within and outside their communities, and they may suffer disproportionately from the economic, social and political marginalization affecting their communities as a whole.
CEDCOW also recognises that the peaceful exercise of freedom of expression and association remains largely criminalized, individuals who criticize the authorities or seek to organize anti-government protests have faced reprisals, and the government still does not permit the establishment of independent human rights organizations.
CEDCOW will seek to address these human rights issues through empowering grassroots communities to claim and exercise their rights.
CEDCOW will also build a constituency of professional human rights educators and activists. These challenges will be address through a number of stakeholders including: human rights educators, civil society organizations, human rights institutions, human rights activists, donors and the public
In perusing these objectives our team will and partners will:
Promote human rights research and dissemination of information to help individuals communities and organization to make informed choices and decisions.
Establish and promote common grounds between human rights and pro -economic actions
Help to build capacity of human rights organizations in Africa to foster development.
Integrate human rights into development planning.
Promote a framework for sharing, information, research and publications and experiences for collective learning and advancement of human rights.
We will also ensure that: