Today is the United Nations Human Rights Day. At the Freedom Hub we believe this should be everyday but sadly the world is has many who exploit others for their own gain.
The UN uses ‘Peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet’ as a slogan. Because equality is a central, guiding principle at the heart of their work. It is so important that the term ‘human rights’ is mentioned seven times in its founding Charter.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. Because this is the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Why should the UN Declaration be important to each of us?
It empowers all people on our planet by connecting us through “a global road map for freedom and equality. Also it is protecting the rights of every individual, everywhere” (Amnesty International). But as it is not legally binding, many countries use it in their constitutions to protect the freedoms and rights of all of us to live freely, equally and in dignity.
I am just one person- what can I do to advocate?
Article 1 in the UN Declaration. All human beings are born free and equal.
We can take action in our own daily lives by standing up for our own rights and those of others to live dignified lives with justice and equality of opportunity.
Five things you can do:
1. Be credibly informed about what is happening in Australia (and beyond) by reading The Freedom Hub blogs and links.
2. Advocate for change by discussing what you have learnt with your family, friends and work colleagues.
3. Make a small change, in how you shop, where you invest your money, and what businesses you support. Because this can make a huge difference. Hence our slogan #smallchangebigeffect . Read our blog on how to do this here.
4. Support the human rights fund-raising events of others or organise one yourself! We have people, businesses and organisations who run regular events to raise awareness on modern slavery and fundraise for us. Wine tastings, High Teas, Fivers for Survivors Day events and markets. Find out more about what you can do here.
5. Volunteer! You may have media, admin, creative, teaching, advocacy, research skills. There is so many ways to make an impact. Contact us and ask for a volunteer pack and expression of interest form here.
- Human Rights Day 2020. (video). United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s message to mark Human Rights Day 2020.
- Not sure which infographic to use- both are hyperlinked to the reference.
Written by: Gail Staples
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