Leadership

Political leadership and management support are key to securing broad-based and continued commitment to fundamental rights. Already at the planning stage of fundamental rights projects and policies, there is a need to promote ownership from elected representatives and senior management within public administrations.

Elected representatives have a strong influence on fundamental rights. They set policy directions and identify priorities for spending. Whether they are local counsellors, members of parliament, mayors or people elected to other positions of responsibility, they will want to be consulted on activities that affect the society they represent. Engaging elected representatives and fostering broad-based political support is an important step to ensure that fundamental rights are given continued priority.

Senior management within public administration must actively support fundamental rights for activities to be sustainable. Senior managers are constantly balancing budgets and different priorities, which means that fundamental rights work may not automatically be given sufficient resources and time. Besides securing adequate resources, their involement is particularly important to facilitate cross-sector and multi-level coordination.