December 10th, Celebrated Annually as Universal Human Rights Day
Dating back to December 10th, 1948, history was made when several different people of different cultural and legal backgrounds came together to create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is now celebrated annually as Human Rights Day.
In a perfect world, being born should include a warm blanket, loving family, and basic human rights. Unfortunately, a perfect world does not exist. Babies are born every day across the globe without fundamental human rights. Fortunately, advocation exists, and this world has come a long way.
The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights each human inherently deserves regardless of race, religion, sex, color, opinion, nationality, social origin, birth, or status. Being the most translated document in history, it has inspired new democracies and constitutions of many newly independent states. Economic, social, and cultural rights are becoming strongly advocated for across the globe.
“Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”
In 2019, the United Nations chose the theme “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights,” which targets a positive change produced by a younger generation. The campaign is led by the Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to encourage, galvanize and showcase how youngsters around the world can stand up against common issues like discrimination, climate change, and hate speech.
#StandUp4HumanRights this December 10th by understanding that you are never too young to change the world. No matter your age, participation is vital to achieving a world that is continuously progressing and becoming better for future generations. All humans deserve to know what their rights are and be treated fairly through their journey through life.
“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.
Read more about the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights