Social Rights Accountability Research Project (SRAP) – About Us
The Social Rights Accountability Project (SRAP) is a research initiative undertaken by researchers from several Canadian universities, in conjunction with socio-civic and government organizations. Spanning a period of five years, the project was funded by the Community-University Research Alliance of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The SRAP was undertaken with the goal of examining social rights accountability systems as they relate to the political and judicial sectors and international concerns, and how such systems can be improved and made more effective. The project focused on developing means by which university research can benefit communities by way of appropriate social rights efforts. SRAP also aimed to provide means by which social rights advocates in the community would be able to share with students and the academe their insights and knowledge of social rights.
In line with the goals of SRAP, it is hoped that community-based organizations and researchers would be better able to present social rights concerns before representatives of the Canadian legal system. The SRAP also aimed to determine the effects of planned changes to accountability methods in laws, and government and trade agreements. As part of these goals, participants in the SRAP sought to push proposals for improved accountability for social rights in the major research areas.
The importance of the Social Rights Accountability Research Project has come to the fore more than 30 years after the passage of the Canadian Charter. Decades after this momentous event, large numbers of the country’s population continue to struggle with economic inequality and social rights violations. Among those most affected by these conditions are the Aboriginal people, single mother households, people with disabilities, racialized communities, and immigrants. These sectors face constant challenges such as poverty, unemployment, food insufficiency, homelessness, poor quality housing, and non-access to health care, education, and suitable work.