People, Power, and Politics: Influencing Political Decision-Makers on Human Rights
Discover how to become an effective advocate for human rights through politics
On this three-week course from Amnesty International UK, you’ll get a deeper understanding of the UK political system and human rights to help you advocate for change.
From the different routes of influencing, to how you might create your own strategy for change, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to advocate for positive human rights change.
Explore the UK political system and how political decision-makers impact human rights
From the UK Government to your MP, Mayors to Local Councillors, there are lots of different structures and players, each with their own varying levels of responsibility and influence.
You’ll start this course by looking at the structure and processes that drive British politics before moving on to learn about the role parliamentarians have in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Develop the skills to engage with and influence politicians on human rights change
So many key moments for human rights are brought about by persuading a politician to support your cause in Westminster or to speak out on an issue, or through campaigning for many years to secure change.
During the final week of this course, you’ll explore the different ways to effectively work with politicians for positive human rights change. You’ll then apply everything you’ve learned to design plans to convince decision-makers to act.
Learn from the experts at Amnesty International UK
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
Created by an international team of human rights educators, researchers, campaigners, and activists, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action for human rights.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate the basic structure of the Westminster Parliament
- Explain the difference between Parliament, the UK Government, Local Government and the devolved institutions
- Explain things politicians can do to influence human rights
- Identify how politicians can influence human rights internationally
- Identify how politicians work with NGOs and charities
- Demonstrate ways of effectively working with politicians
- Describe the influence that people power can have with politicians
- Design plans for engaging politicians on human rights issues
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone looking to better understand human rights and how to influence political decision-makers on human rights in the UK.
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