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#StandUp4HumanRights in December

By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager

Many of us think of December as a month full of holidays, parties, gifts, and vacations.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, it is important to focus on another observance in December: Universal Month for Human Rights.


Universal Month for Human Rights began in 1948 when the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1. This document was “drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States' commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.” 2


Throughout the month of December, you can help raise awareness about Universal Month for Human Rights on social media by sharing this article with your friends and using the hashtags #UniversalHumanRights, #HumanRights, and #StandUp4HumanRights.


Along with raising awareness on social media about Universal Month for Human Rights, something else that you can do in December to participate in this observance is read a book about the Declaration of Human Rights or Human Rights in general. Here are a few suggestions:


· Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo

· Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina

· A Song For Cambodia by Michelle Lord

· Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel (For Children)

· Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi (For Children)

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