South African Journal of Occupational Therapy
On-line version ISSN 0038-2337
VAN DER MERWE, Tania. Occupational therapy and the quest for human dignity: Why human rights matter. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.1, pp. 17-21. ISSN 0038-2337.
Human rights are often regarded as an encumbered term. People, who are marginalised by socio-political factors beyond their control, grapple with the relevance of human rights to their everyday life experience. Based on South Africa's history many citizens have experienced discriminatory barriers of some sort, therefore educating students and clients in human rights is imperative. This paper explores a critical view of the relevance of human rights to occupational therapy in terms of the various offices an occupational therapist occupies. An overview is given of possible challenges that might need to be overcome in applying the human rights framework in everyday life and practice with the view to stimulating discourse on cultivating a human rights culture in the occupational therapy profession's quest for human dignity.
Keywords : occupational therapy; South Africa; human rights; human dignity.