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Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day!

Human Rights Day was created in 1950 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The purpose of this global observance is to promote awareness of human rights issues around the world and to educate people on their human rights and the importance of recognizing and upholding human rights.

Each year, Human Rights Day observances and celebrations are centered around a particular theme related to human rights. In 2010, Human Rights Day recognized human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

-My Voice Counts

Click here to see past Human Rights Day themes.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, un.org, timeanddate.com
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Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Happy 94th Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

In addition to being President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, “Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, and international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.” – UN.org

Though July 18 has been celebrated as Mandela Day by a variety of groups since July 2009, the UN officially declared this date an international annual day in honor of Mandela in November 2009. Since then, July 18, or Mandela Day, has become a day to celebrate Mandela’s birthday while honoring the work and contributions he’s made toward peace, freedom, and equality by taking action and helping others in an effort to make the world a better place.

How do you celebrate Mandela Day? It’s simple!

Mr. Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.”

- Mandeladay.com

For inspiration, check out Mandeladay.com’s 67 ways to change the world.

Sources: Wikipedia, UN.org, Mandeladay.com

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