December Perspective: Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All
What is Human Rights Month?
Every year in the month of December, the world celebrates Human Rights Day -December 10th- to remember the day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The UDHR is a document that proclaims the rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being. Regardless of gender, race, religion, language, political ideas, social background, nationality, wealth, place of birth, or any other status.
2022 Theme: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All – #StandUp4HumanRights
The UDHR preamble states that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). This outlines the rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled too.
On December 4, 1950 the UN expanded the holiday. All states and many organizations were invited to celebrate Human Rights Day.
December 9, 2021 President George W. Bush declared the first Human Rights Week. Since that declaration, it has become a worldwide month-long holiday.
What can you do for Human Rights Month?
- Reread the Bill of Rights!
- Take the time to look over how each freedom applies to your life. Taking this time also honors the founding creators of the document.
- Volunteer in the community!
- With winter here, take time to help the community with warm food and love.
- Another opportunity to get involved in the local community is volunteering at Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc., to make a difference in the lives of youths and elders.
- Check out local resources!
- Find out who in the community is dedicated to making a change. To change the world, thinking small and starting locally is the stepping stone to success.
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