Please note: This organization ceased operation in December 2010.
Realizing Rights was founded in October 2002 by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990 - 1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 - 2002). From 2002 to 2010, Realizing Rights worked with a range of partners on diverse projects and initiatives. Our mission was to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage.
In collaboration with, The Aspen Institute, Columbia University and the International Council on Human Rights Policy, we were committed to convening key stakeholders in new alliances to integrate concepts of human rights, gender equality and enhanced accountability into efforts to address global challenges and governance shortcomings.
Realizing Rights played a special role as Catalyst, Convener and Communicator.
We harnessed civil society, government, business, and economic forums to build awareness for our select issues of concern. We facilitated dialogues and relationships between decision makers and key stakeholders, particularly those most marginalized, to arrive at more transparent, ethical and responsible policies and joint actions to achieve change. We developed specific policy recommendations and sought to communicate our findings to key decision makers and the wider public.
We identified five critical global challenges to address:
International trade policies must be designed to give greater attention to the rights of those who have been most excluded from the potential benefits of an increasingly globalized economy.
Addressing disparities in access to basic health care is one of the most urgent challenges of our time.
Migration is the human face of globalization. A global economy encourages - and often requires - the free movement of labor. But opportunities to migrate, and human rights protections, for those who do, have not kept pace with this change.
Women have achieved positions of influence in all areas of life, but their individual and collective voices could be leveraged more strategically to promote greater human security for all.
With power comes responsibility. The growing influence of the private sector makes it more important than ever to ensure that businesses live up to their responsibilities for respecting human rights and contributing to equitable and sustainable development worldwide.