Human Rights Day – 10th December

Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10thDecember every year, but this year in particular is a little bit special as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70.

 

The declaration was a milestone, setting out the inalienable rights which we all entitled to regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth or other status.

 

70 years is a long time, but that same document is as relevant today as it was back in 1948. In the face of uncertainty from almost every angle, we find ourselves in a time where it’s as important as ever for us to stand up, not just for our own rights but for those of others.

 

It can be difficult, it can seem like a huge task but that doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done – so where to begin?

 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Like so many things, it’s starts with us as individuals – how we see the world, how we treat other people, what we pay attention to and what we are willing to ignore. Our actions influence those around us, especially our children.

 

Back in November last year, GenGive held a Family friendly creative afternoon with Amnesty International. Using arts and crafts as a way to open up conversations about human rights and allow the children to show their support for people suffering from human rights abuses. It was a fantastic day and helped to demonstrate that children have an innate capacity to care, to want to make a difference and a desire to learn about these things.

 

We’d love to organise another one in the future so if you would be interested in getting involved, please do let us know. You can find out more about the event by watching our short video here

 

But in the meantime, there are a number of resources out there that are designed to help you teach your children about Human Rights in age appropriate ways. Check out some of these links for more information:

 

Books:

 

We Are All Born Free Mini Edition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

 

I Have the Right to Be a Child

 

My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures

 

A Life Like Mine Paper: How Children Live Around the World (Children Just Like Me)

 

 

Videos:

 

Everybody: We are all born free

 

UK Equality and Human Rights Commission: Your human rights

 

 

Education Resources:

 

Youth for Human Rights: A simplified version of the Declaration of Human Rights

 

Amnesty International: The Right Start

 

Amnesty International: Learning about human rights in Primary School resource pack