Dignity: A Special Focus on Vulnerable Groups
Posted: 5 Mar 2017
Date Written: December 16, 2010
In this essay, we offer a framework for thinking about workers in precarious conditions in both North and South by exploring the conditions of domestic workers around the world and matching these against the standards for decent work developed by the ILO, which in our view gives meaning to the dignity clauses of the UDHR. The paper considers what a human dignity based decent work framework can offer that the traditional emphasis on rights has missed. In our view, certain elements of the framework of human dignity are useful for exploring questions of inclusion, but also issues of process and outcomes in promoting rights. Thus how rights are delivered to particular social groups can be assessed on the basis of whether it preserves the dignity of persons by respecting their agency and self determination, or whether it reduces them to supplicants or infantilizes them, thus depriving them of dignity.
Keywords: UDHR, Human Rights, Labour Rights, Indigenous Rights, Dignity, Self-Determination
JEL Classification: K30, K31, K32, J80, J83
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