Today is United Nations (UN) Human Rights Day, the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948.
The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.
According to the UN website, this year's Human Rights Day theme relates to the global COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to 'build back better' by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.
"We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination."
10 December is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.
The UN Human Rights' call to action 'Stand Up for Human Rights', aims to engage communities to "bolster transformative action and showcase practical and inspirational examples that can contribute to recovering better and fostering more resilient and just societies."
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