Declaration 2019

Location: Edinburgh City Date of event: 15/05/2019 at 09:30 - 17:00
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Declaration Festival 2019 is a free event exploring the links between health, equalities and human rights.

Open to everyone, Declaration uses accessible film, theatre and conversation, in three different sessions will look at negative impacts on our health and human rights, and what we can do about them.

Please note you can sign up to these sessions individually or attend all three on the day on eventbrite (this link will take you away from our website) 

10:15 – 12:30 – (doors open 9:30)

Adversity, resilience and human rights 

The first session of the day is a screening of the must-see documentary ‘Resilience: the biology of stress and the science of hope’, followed by a panel discussion/audience Q&A. This trail-blazing American film looks at the negative impact of childhood adversity, and what people can do to change things for the better. In keeping with the Declaration Festival theme, our focus will be on the human rights aspects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what’s happening in Scotland.

Chaired by Lucy Mulvagh of the ALLIANCE, a lively and stimulating panel discussion will follow. We are delighted to be joined by Juliet Harris (Together – Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), Kirsty Giles (Violence Reduction Unit) and SallyAnn Kelly (Aberlour Child Care Trust).

13:30 – 15:00

A performance of ‘Crystal’s Vardo’; a play that examines the impact of being bullied at school on a young Gypsy girls life. 

Crystal’s Vardo’ is a play by Suzanne King and has been performed in schools, theatres, festivals, colleges, prisons and conferences for health professionals and police and shows how powerful theatre can be in tackling racism and celebrating history and culture. It explores the rich history and culture of Gypsies and Travellers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the Travelling community. For a preview, please access this short video (this link will take you away from our website)

The performance be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, guests including Scottish Traveller Activist and Campaigner David T. Donaldson and Professor Alison McFadden from the University of Dundee, who is the lead author and researcher of a recent study (this link will take you away from our website) exploring discrimination and ways NHS services can improve trust among Gypsies, Roma and Traveller people and communities.

15:30 – 17:00

Universal basic income and the right to health 

We will close the day with a screening of ‘Basic Income is Coming to Scotland’, a short film by Margaret Gilmour, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. In recent years the idea of Universal Basic Income has gained greater popularity in Scotland. In 2017 the Scottish Government announced plans to support feasibility work in four local authority areas – Glasgow City, Edinburgh City, North Ayrshire and Fife. These local developments reflect a wider movement across Europe and internationally exploring the possibilities of a UBI – to alleviate poverty, to respond to the transition to automation, and to improve population health. In addition, UBI has also been considered from the perspective of human rights. In 2017 the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston, published a report (this link will take you away from our website) last year on basic income. As part of Declaration Festival 2019, we will explore the potential impact of UBI for health, and whether UBI can be a route to realising the right to health in Scotland.

Declaration is delivered by a unique partnership of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), NHS Health Scotland and the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Declaration is aligned with Scotland’s National Action Plan on Human Rights (SNAP) – the partners are all active members of SNAP’s Health and Social Care Action Group. We continue to explore the First Minister’s vow to ‘do even more even better on incorporating human rights in Scotland’, and have an ongoing commitment to the right to health and social care in Scotland.

Book on these sessions using eventbrite (this link will take you away from our website)

Event details

Location:Scottish Storytelling Centre
Time:09:30 - 17:00
Address:43-45 High Street
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