Everyone should be able to participate in decisions about the systems, laws, and policies that affect their lives. This is a fundamental principle of a human rights-based approach.

Rights-based participation means that people have meaningful opportunities to work together with elected leaders, public servants, and other decision-makers on identifying and solving problems. It intentionally prioritizes people with lived experience of the issue at hand. 

Done well, participation improves the content and process of our public decisions, and strengthens the fabric of our communities and our democracy.

At Maytree, we support and advocate for rights-based participation, so people and communities have meaningful opportunities to participate in the public decisions that affect them.

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