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Human Rights Matters Locally - Human Rights Assessment Tool
Victorian Local Governance Association
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The C2C Toolkit provides a practical framework for local governments to assess human rights
1. Offers step-by-step guidelines to ensure local government policies comply with the legal obligations of the Charter. 2. Can help local governments go beyond minimum compliance to build a culture of human rights in the community. 3. Can help foster deeper understandings of how human rights affect local government policies and day-to-day decision-making.
4. Provides a ready resource to enhance service delivery, community engagement and existing social justice practices by integrating the language of human rights across local government activities.
It is organised as follows:
Manual 1 – Plan Human rights matter locally: Preparing your local government to understand and implement the Charter This manual will assist your local government to understand the importance of human rights to people’s everyday lives throughout Victoria, and make the case for human rights programming within your local government. Manual 1 can be considered the ‘planning’ component of the C2C Toolkit, offering clear and simple ways to identify human rights strong points in your local government’s existing activities, as well as ways to prepare for systematic rather than ad hoc Charter implementation.
Manual 2 - Act Human rights in action: Local government milestones and how to meet them Manual 2 provides 13 human rights milestones that span local government spheres of action, from elected council to staff, the community and third parties. Manual 2 can be considered the ‘action’ part of the C2C Toolkit. The manual provides easy-to-understand steps to reach each milestone, as well as practical tools to assist in the process.
Manual 3 – Reflect Human rights checklist: Reviewing your local government’s commitment to human rights Manual 3 provides a checklist for your local government to review and assess Charter implementation and commitment to human rights. This manual can be considered the ‘reflect’ component of the C2C Toolkit. The checklist is designed to start a discussion internally about how far your local government has gone in not only ensuring legal compliance with the Charter, but in building a culture of human rights in the community. Manual 3 also provides a list of human rights links and recommended resources for further action.
The C2C Toolkit is designed for the use of councilors, senior managers and council officers. Human rights are at the centre of local government business from grass-roots service delivery to accessible, transparent governance. Human rights cut across and underscore local government policy and programs in areas such as affordable housing, transport, environmental sustainability, women’s policy, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, Indigenous issues, community engagement and good governance. Whether you are a councilor or council officer, being aware of these intersections and understanding how human rights affect planning and relationships with people in the community can greatly enhance your capacity to lead and inspire. The toolkit describes 13 human rights milestones to assist local governments in complying with the Charter and building a culture of human rights. The milestones are broken down into distinct spheres of action: elected council, administration, community and third parties. This breakdown indicates the spread of responsibility for human rights across the organisation. The 13 milestones are not an exhaustive list of the activities and initiatives local governments can take to implement the human rights Charter.