Panel Presentation: Poverty and Human Rights Conclusions from the UN Treaty Bodies

2017 Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference

On May 31 2017, the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC), in Collaboration with Canada Without Poverty (CWP), and with support from CASWE’s Social Policy and Advocacy Committee, hosted a panel discussion focusing on poverty and human rights in Canada at the CASWE National Conference.

The goal of the panel discussion was to provide an overview of Canada’s recent successes and failures in realizing the objectives of the UN Conventions, as well as to examine their implications for Canadian policymakers and social work practitioners in creating meaningful and sustainable change to the economic and social landscape.

The discussion focuses primarily on the precedents set by the international human rights treaties and the recent UN Treaty Body reviews of Canada including:

  • The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Review in February 2015;
  • The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Review in October 2015;
  • And the ongoing review of The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, concluding in April 2017.

The panel was moderated by CSPSC Chair, Adje van de Sande, and led by anti-poverty advocates engaged in the UN treaty body review process:

Michele Biss

Canada Without Poverty

Suzie Dunn

eQuality Project

Laura Cattari

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction/
Canada Without Poverty