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Human Rights Day

Author: Shaliga Rhodes | Corporate Partnership Director | CCWC- Corporate Counsel Women of Color

December is host to many holiday celebrations. One of the lesser-known is Human Rights Day, on December 10th, a day to celebrate the basic dignity of every person. But, with the state of current conditions, we must ask the question: Where has humanity gone? People have thrown it by the wayside. We are human beings, born free and equal in dignity and rights. If we learn and stand up more for our Rights, we the people will be more globally and universally respected, protected and fulfilled…

This year will mark the 75th Anniversary of when the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-UDHR, in Paris on December 10,1948. A milestone celebration called, Human Rights 75 (HR 75), will capture all of the moments, from this year’s commemoration, and seek to increase knowledge on the universality and indivisibility of Human Rights, especially for our young people to create a movement of shared humanity that empowers them to fight for their rights and take action.

Human Rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin,
color, religion, language or any other status. These rights range from the most fundamental right
to life, to those that make life worth living, and rights to food, education, work, health and liberty. The principle of universality is that we are all equally entitled to our human rights; it is the
cornerstone of international human rights law, emphasized and repeated in conventions,
declarations and resolutions.

Whereas, indivisibility and interdependence mean one set of rules cannot be fully enjoyed
without the other, making progress in civil and political rights makes it easier to exercise
economic, social and cultural rights. Similarly, violating these rights can negatively affect many
other rights.

Many forms of discrimination still exist, especially among some of the most vulnerable people, women, indigenous people, those of African descent, people with disabilities, LGBQT people, migrants and more… It is time to start caring and supporting, in sustainability and inclusive growth, all humans. It is our Declaration. We all have someone in our orbit who has experienced some type of discrimination. Learn some ways to take action and Stand Up for Human Rights Day! Get and stay involved…

Inclusion makes Diversity Work. Happy Human Rights Day, Everyday!

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