16 Days: Day 16 Human Rights Day

16 Days: Call to Action – Day 16 – Read and understand the Universal Declaration around Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

It is time for us to reflect that Violence Against Women (and within this is inclusive of Domestic Violence) IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION.

Today marks Human Rights Day. This is an internationally recognised day marking the above Declaration. Quoting direct from the UN website regarding this year’s Call to Action:

“This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence”

Ladies, on behalf of the Network I encourage you – Today and every day. 1 single action, 1 single step to move a mountain – RB

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