Poverty and social exclusion represent a fundamental
denial of human dignity. Economic and social rights, which include
the right to health, the right to an adequate standard of living,
equal access for all to public services, the right to housing, the
right to work and the right to a sustainable environment, are essential
to uphold such human dignity.
However, since the judgment in the Sinnott case, it is clear that
our Constitution does not grant all citizens the right to enforce
these critical socio-economic rights. If we want to end our two-tier
society, where the extent of your wealth determines your ability
to participate fully in society, then we need to change our Constitution
now by providing for an Equal Rights Amendment.