“Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.”
When the United Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, it was the first time that countries from around the world came together and decided that it was time to make sure that basic human rights for every person in the world should be protected. It basically states that it doesn’t matter what you believe in, how or who you love, or where you live, that we are all worthy of these fundamental rights. As we celebrate the 68th Human Rights Day this year, this message is as important as ever before.
The slogan of this year’s campaign is “Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today!” and “is based on the Declaration’s fundamental proposition that each one of us — everywhere and at all times — is entitled to the full range of human rights, and that it’s everyone’s responsibility to uphold them.” Every single day, we see messages of hate, intolerance, and prejudice in so many different forms. Whether it’s social media or the news, it seems like the world is going backward in time, instead of forward in our thinking.
We should all be fighting for tolerance, acceptance and love for everyone.
We should all be standing up for others, every single day.
We should all be demanding more humanity in this world.
Educate yourself on why human rights are so important.
Actually, read the United Declaration of Human Rights. Find out what is happening in your city and in your state. Find out what you can do to help those that need it. Did you know that St. Augustine has an updated Human Rights Ordinance but Jacksonville, the most populous city in Florida, does not? There are no protections in place right now to prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing, or public accommodations for people in the LGBT community. AS of, 2016 in Jacksonville, Fl, you can be fired from your job or denied housing simply because of your sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information on this issue go to http://www.jaxequality.org or http://www.eqfl.org
Donate to organizations that help fight for human rights issues.
Volunteering, sending donations, helping online are all ways you can contribute. http://www.hrc.org and http://www.ohchr.org are two organizations that do amazing work for human rights issues around the world.
Hold people accountable.
Lobby your government to pass non-discrimination laws and policies so that everyone has protection under the law. Let your workplace know that they should encourage pro-family policies and demand equal pay for equal work. Let your community leaders know they should speak out publicly in support of human rights.
Speak out when you witness someone being discriminated against.
If you see someone being attacked, bullied or harassed, DO SOMETHING! Let them know that you stand with them. That you have their back. That you won’t just ignore what you are seeing. And, that you will do whatever you can do to protect them. Remember, this can be anywhere – out in public, at work, in school, on social media, or in your own home.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Get involved. Make a difference. Stand up for someone’s rights today!