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Seán, an SCI Fellow, is Assistant Director of Programmes at Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR).
PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most, supporting marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.
Located in Belfast, PPR supports groups in using the organisation's Human Rights Based Approach to tackle the issues challenging them. The groups launch campaigns which measure success when change is seen on the ground, not when government makes a commitment.
PPR successes include the establishment of a new appointment system for mental health patients attending A&E across Northern Ireland, re-housing families from run-down tower blocks, and re-negotiation of regeneration plans from which residents have been excluded.
An SCI fellowship has allowed Seán to look at housing inequalities in both South Africa and USA.
Based on his fellowship experience he and another SCI fellow Marissa McMahon prepared a resource on tools and tactics for housing rights activists. 'Lessons for Change' is available here.
Based in Belfast