Acting together to advance human rights in Scotland

Who we are

Making Rights Real is a small grassroots human rights organisation in Scotland with a big vision - to support marginalised communities to use the power of human rights to mobilise for economic and social change. 

Inspired by the work of Participation and the Practice of Rights in Belfast and following a successful housing rights pilot, Making Rights Real was founded in 2020 and is growing a network of people and communities using human rights in practice in Scotland. 

This website is still under development. For now, you can find out more about who we are and how Making Rights Real was founded. Sign up to our mailing list below to be kept up to date as we grow and develop the organisation.

We make rights real by working alongside communities to name and claim their rights.

We work to practically support collective action around rights.

We use a human rights based approach, building a movement of allies and supporters to achieve meaningful change.

We are part of a global movement for change, collaborating with people from around the world to share learning and practice.

News & Blog

“Knowledge is the first step”: Empowering unpaid carers in Scotland to name and claim their human rights 

By Site Admin | July 3, 2024

A blog by Lorraine Barrie, Making Rights Real  In partnership with Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Making Rights Real recently delivered our course “Human Rights and Unpaid Carers” to carers centre workers who provide advice, advocacy and practical support to…

Edinburgh tenants take their fight for housing rights to Edinburgh City Council

By Mere Greta | June 27, 2024

Residents of Leith’s famous Banana Flats (Cables Wynd House) are speaking at the City Chambers on Thursday 27th June to make a plea to the Council for lifts they can rely on. The full council meeting will hear a motion…

Fa’side Women and Girls Group has been recognised for its inter-generational approach to its cost-of-living project!

By Mere Greta | June 21, 2024

Fa’side Women and Girls Group has been recognised for its inter-generational approach to its cost-of-living project jointly delivered with Making Rights Real and The Scottish Women’s Budget Group.  At the Generations Working Together awards in the Scottish Parliament the group…

Civil society calls on UK Government to allow UN food poverty envoy access to the UK

By Mere Greta | May 14, 2024

Making Rights Real has signed a joint letter from Just Fair UK calling on the UK Prime Minister to stop evading the scrutiny of the UN on the issue of food poverty. The 86 organisations that signed the letter to…

Joint letter to the First Minister on the Human Rights Bill

By Mere Greta | May 9, 2024

On 8th May 2024, Making Rights Real submitted a joint letter to the First Minister of Scotland on the Human Rights Bill. You can read the letter and see the full list of signatories by clicking the button below.

Call for Gender-Based Budgeting Associate Proposals 

By Mere Greta | April 15, 2024

Having recently secured funding for a specialist post to the end of March 2025 we are seeking an experienced Associate (either working self-employed as an individual or an organisation) with a strong track record of working with community based inter-generational…

Our Inspiration and Learning


Housing Rights in Practice

Housing Rights in Practice was a partnership between PPR, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) and aimed to support a group of residents living in poor housing conditions in Leith, Edinburgh advocate for their right to an adequate standard of housing.

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PPR Belfast

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. PPR supports marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.


Making Rights Real Scoping Study

In 2020, the Baring Foundation funded scoping work to establish Making Rights Real. Led by Clare MacGillivray, the scoping work was supported by a Scottish Advisory Group including Participation and the Practice of Rights, community activists, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Community Development Centre, University of Glasgow, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and the ALLIANCE.