We are pleased to announce that Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, will give the closing address of our 2019 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium.
In her current role since 2014, Farha has presented reports to the UN on homelessness, the connection between housing and life itself, and the treatment of housing as a commodity and its consequences for the poor, as well as the middle class. She has traveled extensively to investigate whether governments are meeting their human rights obligations with respect to housing. Farha launched a new initiative called The Shift, a global movement which calls for everyone to approach housing as a human right, not a commodity.
A lawyer by training, Farha has worked to advance the rights of poor and marginalized groups throughout her career. She is the Executive Director of the NGO Canada Without Poverty and was instrumental in launching a historic constitutional challenge to government inaction in the face of rising homelessness in Canada. She was recently awarded the Barbra Schlifer Award for her commitment to advancing women’s rights.
Farha’s speech will be a highlight of our four days of CME-accredited Pre-Conference Institutes, Learning Labs, and workshops on critical topics in health care and homelessness. Join us in Working Together for Justice at #HCH2019.