We are

We are


Who is the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) is an international non-governmental organisation that promotes transformative changes to end the endemic problems of social and economic injustice through a human rights lens.

With a multidisciplinary team located in more than 10 countries around the world, the Global Initiative is the only international human rights organisation working to advance social rights and change the narratives that impede their development.

What is Distrito Global?

Distrito Global is a GI-ESCR programme that documents, monitors and influences the advancement of social rights in contexts of political and policy changes, to scale up the lessons learned globally

How we work?

We are constantly seeking innovative ways to promote social and economic justice, gender equality, human dignity and coexistence with the environment.

Collective action

We create spaces for association and dialogue, facilitating synergies between sectors and the integration and interaction of people, organisations and social movements that are willing to work together.


Through collective action, we develop proposals and promote new narratives to incorporate the human rights approach in different spaces. We use them to influence public discussion and key decision-making spaces.

Innovation and creativity

We develop innovative tools that enable us to participate in advocacy processes in an inclusive, informed and collaborative way. We apply creative and original tactics that allow us to show, and connect [to], the world of human rights from new horizons.