Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The day commemorates December 10, 1948, which is when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today kicks off a yearlong campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document is the most translated in the world, available in more than 500 languages. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly spelled out the inalienable rights to which all human beings are entitled to, regardless of race, color, religion, gender and so on.

The U.N. says of the document: ‚Äú It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States‚Äô 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.‚Äù Watch U.N. Secretary-General Ant√≥nio Guterres’ annual Human Rights Day message below.

Take the pledge to stand up for human rights here and spread the word via social media using #StandUp4HumanRights — and if you’re not quite sure what to say on your various social media platforms, this UN page has a few suggestions and sample posts for you to use.

-Sage Daugherty
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.


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