As a Social service worker dealing in Human Rights, you will be concerned with ensuring the basic rights and freedom to all individuals, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.
A human rights worker deals with social issues related to protecting, promoting and enforcing basic human rights like civil rights, freedom from slavery and torture, the right to work and education,the right to life and liberty, freedom of opinion and expression, and many more.
They find out and report any violations; engage in gathering facts by interviewing the affected and provide financial, legal, and emotional support to the affected.
Studying subjects such as Political Science, History and Sociology at the +2 level and securing maximum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into prominent institutions for under-graduation.
Reading newspapers and journals and regular update of current affairs is a must. Participation in debates and discussions will improve the awareness regarding the socio political scenario and it will enable you to form a wider perspective in social discourses.
There are hardly any institutions providing Human Rights as a core subject at UG. You can either go for BA Political Science with Human Rights as a complementary course which is a very popular option.
Under graduate course in law (BA LLB) is also an alternative option.
After UG degree, you can go for MA Human Rights with various subject combinations such as International Relations and Strategic Studies, Minority Rights, Public Administration and Election Studies.
Law graduates (BA LLB) can also go for Master’s in Human Rights.
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Empathy is very required in this skill in this field. A human rights worker should be able to understand the perspective of others and help them in need.
Advocacy skills are highly required in this profession. They have to communicate on behalf of the victims and have to influence the audience to gain support for their cause.
Human rights workers should have good listening skills. They have to listen to the victims, understand and solve their issues.
Human rights workers should have good analytical skills. They should be able to think critically and arrive at a constructive solution.
Good communication skill is a highly required skill for a human rights worker as they have to communicate clearly about the legal aspects and mediate between two parties.