International Roundtable on Human Rights-based approaches to tobacco control

The Transformation and Equity Committee at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT, in collaboration with the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at Northeastern University Law School, USA, is organizing and International Roundtable on Human Rights-based approaches to tobacco control. the 22nd March 2011, 10am to 2pm as an event in the framework of Human Rights Day at the Health Science Faculty at UCT. They invite people to participate in this discussion and contribute their perspective and knowledge to the group. There will be input provided by five key respondents, followed by small group discussions with all participants. Participants include academic and civil society representatives, local and national government representatives, policy makers and the media.

The idea underpinning this initiative is to mainstream tobacco control into the human rights, good governance and rule of law framework. Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis and Prof. Richard Daynard (Wellesley College and Northeastern Law School, USA) have developed these seminal initiatives around the world. The discussion groups have had considerable success in incorporating a human rights-based approach to tobacco control into Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights for reporting, litigation, advocacy, law reform and organizing. The aim of the roundtable discussions is to build broad alliances and partnerships with civil society groups as well as youth and women’s rights groups, to broaden the scope of tobacco control advocacy and to build bridges between and across social movements. The final goal is for tobacco control to be integrated as a pivotal Women’s and Children’s Rights issue to the advancement of the MDG development goals and the human rights agenda.

Outcomes from this roundtable will be documented in a report by the This roundtable will take place on Transformation and Equity Committee. Selected inputs will be available as podcasts on UCT’s website. The event will be covered by print and radio media.

For more information contact Alex Muller at alex.muller@uct.ac.za.

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