It’s not just construction projects that can drive economic recovery as countries start to rebuild after the Covid-19 pandemic.
HRMI’s Strategy and Communication Lead, Thalia Kehoe Rowden, has written an op-ed, published in New Zealand newspapers, reminding governments that investing in jobs in ‘social infrastructure’ brings economic benefits:
Jobs in the non-profit world are also more likely to be low-carbon, accessible to a wider range of people, and able to be done remotely and flexibly – undisrupted by lockdown.
You can read the full column online.
HRMI is actively seeking funding to expand our human rights measurement work. This will create several new jobs, in different countries, and allow us to measure how governments are treating people, before, during, and after Covid-19. As Thalia writes:
Right now is a crucial time to prioritise human rights research worldwide. Governments are scrambling to contain Covid-19, and are encroaching on people’s rights in the process – sometimes necessarily, but sometimes more than can be justified. We need to track what happens next, so emergency crackdowns don’t lead to permanent steps backwards.
You can read more about our plans to expand our human rights measurement work in Asia in 2021, including how to get in touch if you have funding ideas.
To explore our human rights scores, please visit our Rights Tracker, where you can find data by country, right, or people group.