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Leilani Farha: housing is a human right

Saturday Morning

This week chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt called out the government on its lack of progress in implementing its Healthy Homes Standards, saying it puts New Zealand in breach of our international law obligations. Back in February 2020 those standards were commended by Leilani Farha, who was visiting at the time in her former role as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.


30 Sep 2022

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212. Stopping the Investor Fund Takeover & Housing Financialisation with Leilani Farha

Rory Hearne's Reboot Republic Podcast by Tortoise Shack Media

In this Reboot Republic Rory talks to Leilani Farha, former UN Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, and director of the Shift, the new global movement for the right to housing. Leilani and Rory discuss a new direction for housing – where housing is understood and implemented as a human right to address the global housing crisis. In particular, they discuss the financialization of housing – where governments have brought investor funds – the vulture and vampire funds – into their housing markets, only to have them take over housing stock, and increasing rents, turning a Generation into their tenants, locking them into unaffordable rents and locking them out of home ownership. Leilani introduces the new Shift Directives which she and her organization have recently developed with input from global experts, as a proposal for Governments to tackle the financialisation of housing and tame the investor-fund takeover of housing.You can check out The Shift Directives here:www.maketheshift.orgJoin us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack


8 Jun 2022

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The right to housing - Leilani Farha

On Human Rights

The right to housing is a human right that is critical to a person’s health, dignity, safety, inclusion and contribution to their community. According to the UN Special Rapporteur, courts must protect both negative and positive housing rights guaranteed by these international instruments.In this podcast you will access insight from the global director of the Shift, Leilani Farha, a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing.


9 May 2022

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47 | A Rights-Based Approach To Housing with Leilani Farha


Like many places around the world, housing prices in Canada have skyrocketed over the course of the pandemic—the standard home now costing nearly twice as much as in the US. In an attempt to cool the market, the Canadian government will spend $10B over the next 5 years on a new housing package that includes policies such as a two-year ban on sales to foreign buyers. However, critics argue the measures fail to address the root causes of housing inequity and the realities of the financialization of housing in Canada’s rising housing costs. Today we’re joined by the Global Director of Make the Shift and former UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha to discuss the importance of a human rights-based housing strategy and how cities and governments can better ensure adequate and affordable housing for all.


4 May 2022

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Mornings with Zerlina.

Global director for the Shift, Leilani Farha, joins Jess and Zerlina to talk about the current housing crisis and what's next!


9 Sep 2021

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Leilani Farha on Housing and Real Estate Markets

Cities After... podcast

In this episode, Prof. Robles-Duran is joined by Leilani Farha, a Canadian human rights lawyer and Global Director of The Shift, to talk about the effects of the pandemic on housing markets. 


8 Jun 2021

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Ep. 53 - Leilani Farha: The Right to Housing

Coping In Crisis

Do you think all U.S. citizens have a right to housing? What does that really mean? Leilani Farha tells us the answer to that question and lets us know about the PUSH to engage community leaders to take action. Register for the HousingSolutionSummit.org! www.TrailBlazersImpact.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjc1M7WazQ0NbpN5rCr__vw


8 Mar 2021

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PUSH / Film School Radio interview with Director Fredrik Gertten and Subject Leilani Farha

KUCI: Film School

Fredrik Gertten’s latest documentary, PUSH, is a searing indictment of the systemic corruption that continues to drive the world’s affordable housing toward the edge of collapse. All of which is happening because many of the world’s largest financial and real estate institutions are facilitating a tidal wave of dark money from organized crime, human trafficking, illicit drugs trade and illegal tax “shelters” into the legitimate world of finance. Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster. PUSH follows Leilani Farha, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s travels the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. Director Fredrik Gertten and film subject Leilani Farha join us for a spirited conversation on the state of the world’s housing stock and how homeownership, real estate and high finance has been such a determinate factor on our society, both past and present.For news, screenings and updates go to: pushthefilm.com

11 Oct 2020

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The Human Right to Housing — with Leilani Farha

Below the Radar

Leilani Farha has a long history of advocacy around poverty and housing, in Canada and beyond. She is in conversation with Am Johal following her tenure as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, a post that saw her travelling the world to connect with people who were struggling with inadequate and precarious housing or homelessness, and to work with governments to uphold housing as a human right.In this interview, Leilani speaks to concerning patterns in housing globally, including homelessness, evictions, unaffordability, and the financialization of housing. They discuss opportunities in Canadian housing policy, Vancouver’s housing crisis, and the incredible importance of having a safe place to call home during the COVID-19 pandemic.Watch a video recording of this interview on Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEbFe2Z3za0&tMake the Shift: https://www.make-the-shift.org/PUSH, a film following Leilani Farha’s work as a UN Special Rapporteur: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pushthefilm“When governments sell out to developers, housing is no longer a human right,” an op-ed by Leilani Farha for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/29/governments-developers-housing-human-right“How the real estate financial model is harming us,” a TEDx talk by Leilani Farha (2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve_-FbNvy0wUnited Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing: http://www.unhousingrapp.org/National Right to Housing Network: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?v=PEbFe2Z3za0&event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbXNNZVlsSV94d0pZQUtJSUFEdDVKVnljNGtBd3xBQ3Jtc0traUUxa2NaSkpvSEFLMkl5MENLTkctZlZWRTFSekNZRDN2d2VEc3hwVUdCdzFTV1lvUWo5bWpuQUczS3FsREl3SmNMVkM3SUMyNm5QNXd6aHVZamROb...


17 Sep 2020

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Make The Shift with Leilani Farha Ep.130

Rory Hearne's Reboot Republic Podcast by Tortoise Shack Media

Having recently completed her term as UN Special Rapporteur for Housing, Leilani Farha rejoined us on the pod to discuss her time in the role and what she is doing now.We discuss the financialisation of housing, the impact Covid-19 has had on homelessness and the emergency measures that there can be no going back from. Leilani also explains what her new initiative makethshift.org is and how she is continuing to advocate for the Right to Housing now.Check it out.Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack


20 May 2020