• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff6-25
  • HeadquartersSwitzerland
  • Founded2010

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR)

Gl-ESCR is a non-governmental organization that promotes transformative change to end endemic problems of social and economic injustice through a human rights lens. Vision Their vision is of a world where the human rights framework reflects the real-world experiences of all, effectively furthering social and economic justice and human dignity, and catalyzing change from the local to the global, back to the local. Mission Strengthen the international human rights framework through creative standard-setting, so that the framework reflects the experiences, needs, and aspirations of marginalized individuals, groups, and communities. Partner with advocates, social movements, and grassroots communities at national and local levels to more effectively claim and enforce ESC rights, including by engaging international mechanisms for local impact. Contribute to the effective implementation of ESC rights so that everyone is able to fully enjoy their ESC rights in practice, and are able to do so without discrimination and on the basis of equality. Provide innovative tools to policymakers, development actors, and others on the practical implementation and realisation of ESC rights. Enforce ESC rights through international, regional, and national mechanisms and seek remedies for violations of these rights, with a focus on creating beneficial jurisprudence aimed at transformative change. Engage networks of human rights, women’s rights, environmental and development organisations, and agencies to advance the sustainable enjoyment of ESC rights at both national and international levels.
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Company Offices

  • Kenya
  • Nairobi
  • C/O East African Centre for Human Rights House 4, Cedar Court, Timau Road, Kilimani
  • Senegal
  • Dakar
  • C/O COSYDEP Sicap LibertĂ© 6
  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Geneve
  • c/o International Service for Human Rights, Rue de Varembe 1, P.O. Box 16
  • Geneva CH-1211