The purpose of the day is to commemorate the Declaration, which laid out the rights that everyone across the world is entitled to. It raises awareness of these rights, standing up for others, preventing violence and sustaining peace.
As a whole, there is still a lot that needs to be done to achieve the goals of the declaration, however, it is as relevant today as it was in 1948 – constantly working towards empowering people and instilling the values of equality, justice and human dignity.
The theme for 2018’s day is “Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity“, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the declaration and encouraging people to #StandUp4HumanRights.
The United Nations have released a video covering why the Declaration was made, what it stands for and its hopes for the future.
The day was discussed in the Scottish Parliament, highlighting how important human rights are in ensuring that Scotland is a successful and equal country – that leads the way in strengthening the powerless. Check out the video here.
Nina Munday, Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities, adds that: ‘An organisation like ours has a pivotal role in upholding human rights for people in our communities. We ensure employers and service providers understand their obligations. We also support people to have their voice heard when their rights have been infringed. Protecting a person’s rights is protecting all our rights.”
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