The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international nongovernmental organization that fights poverty and inequality by advancing human rights as guiding principles of social and economic justice. Working in collaboration with partners around the world, CESR uses international human rights law as a tool to challenge unjust economic policies that systematically undermine rights enjoyment and thereby fuel inequalities. Our international and interdisciplinary staff team based in New York and Johannesburg comes from the human rights, development and social justice movements in different parts of the world.
Our work seeks to tackle the unjust distribution of resources and power—within and between countries—that fuels inequality and deprives billions of people of their rights. We seek systemic change. This includes steady progress on the policy and institutional reforms that can help shift the dynamics affecting how resources and power are distributed. We focus specifically on economic and social rights—among them the rights to education, health, food, water, housing and work—as powerful but underutilized tools for redressing skewed distributions of resources and power.
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