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

Review of SEVEN, Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline 9th September 2023

By Mere Greta | September 15, 2023

by Ann Thallon Seven: A Human Rights Documentary Drama: Scottish Public Première, brought to Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall Studio, by ‘Making Rights Real’, 9.9.23. Described as ‘a riveting piece of documentary theatre, SEVEN tells the true stories of seven women who…

Join us Thursday 14th September to form a people’s response to the Human Rights Bill for Scotland!

By Mere Greta | August 17, 2023

A people’s response – make your voice heard about the Human Rights Bill in Scotland! Thursday, 14th September 2023 @ 7pm on ZOOM Join us for an online consultation event to make your voice heard about the Human Rights Bill…

Cabinet Secretary responds to concerns raised about UNCRC Incorporation Bill

By Mere Greta | August 15, 2023

From the desk of Human Rights Consortium Scotland Children’s rights organisations have received a response from the Scottish Government regarding their concerns over the lack of progress in amending and commencing the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill.  In the initial letter, the…

Human rights play brings women’s voices to the Carnegie Hall in first Scottish public performance

By Mere Greta | August 8, 2023

“If you put equal rights at the heart of the thing, you have to be sure that everyone is at the table” Inez McCormack Two Dunfermline performances will take place in the Carnegie Hall on 9th September at 3.30pm and…

Human Rights Bill and UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill — a Call for Swift Action

By Mere Greta | July 11, 2023

Prominent Scottish organisations have raised concerns over the delay in amending and commencing the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The organisations express disappointment that the Reconsideration process for the UNCRC Bill has not yet begun. They refer to previous correspondence with…

Human Rights: there’s a change gonna come

By Mere Greta | June 15, 2023

by Lisa Walsh, Wise Women I had the privilege of completing a six-month Human Rights training programme with Making Rights Real, and what a heart-warming, memorable and life-changing experience it truly was.  Throughout this blog, I am going to be…

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.