19 September, 2014.

The public is invited to attend the first Rights Awareness Programme (RAP) Human Rights Public Forum on five social, economic and cultural rights from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Thursday, 25 September, 2014 from 4-6pm at the St Mathews Anglican Church, 22 Weeville Gordon Street, Allman Town, Kingston.

The event will be hosted by Elva Ruddock and will feature a performance by the RISE Youth Arts Group. The forum will include expert panelists, who will be on hand for discussion of the five featured UDHR rights:

  • Marissa Longsworth, Copyright Manager, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO)
  • Amina Blackwood Meeks, Director of the Culture In Education Programme, Ministry of Education
  • Carolyn Cooper, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, UWI Mona
  • Marlene Miller, Director of Disaster and Emergency Management, Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Discussion is expected to be lively and informative around the five featured rights – social security, work for a fair wage, play and relaxation, food and shelter, education and the protection of creativity.

The RAP project is working to build greater awareness of human rights across the island and is scheduled to host three more public forums on human rights through to early 2016.

About RAP

The Rights Awareness Programme (RAP) is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the British Council and RISE Life Management Services. RAP is delivering human rights awareness and advocacy training to over 1,000 youths across Jamaica, building the capacity of civil society organisations and promoting greater awareness of human rights islandwide.

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