Housing is a human right. Why then are we facing a housing crisis, with ever-increasing numbers of people living on the streets or in inadequate, unaffordable housing? PUSH, a 2019 film by director Fredrik Gertten, investigates why we are in the midst of a global housing crisis, who is behind it, and what we might do about it.
Join the Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN) and the Windsor Law Centre for Cities on Wednesday, Nov. 18, for a conversation with PUSH’s central figure, Leilani Farha. Farha is a lawyer, former United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, and currently the global director of The Shift, a non-governmental organization that advocates for action to end homelessness, unaffordability, and evictions.
“Leilani Farha is the quintessential advocate who uses every tool at her disposal to support those who demand their dignity,” says TLJN director and event co-organizer Reem Bahdi. “She is no stranger to Windsor, having lived here previously, and we are excited to have her back with us at a time when affordable housing, and the factors that impact it, have become acute issues both locally and globally."
This virtual event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Organizers recommend viewing the film prior to the event and encourage attendees to submit questions in advance relating to advocacy, human dignity, and housing. Email questions to law student organizer Michael Fazzari by Nov. 17.