The Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th of December and is celebrated internationally to honour the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that took place at the United Nations’ General Assembly on 1948. The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) recognises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of its action and service. Hence, this day is an opportunity for us to reaffirm the importance of human rights for young people in rebuilding the world we want, the need for global solidarity, as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.
On this day various key stakeholders, youth inclusive, do project their concern by contributing to activities and programmes designed to promote and educate human rights related matters in all levels of society, as well as to prevent any further violations of human rights in the future. The knowledge and understanding of human rights is very important to each and every individual. Human rights have the power to tackle the root causes of conflict and crisis, by addressing grievances, eliminating inequalities, and exclusion and allowing people to participate in decision making processes that affects their lives.
Hence, this year’s Human Rights Day theme is “EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights” and it shall address and find solutions for deep rooted forms of discrimination that have affected the most vulnerable people in societies, including women and girls, indigenous peoples, people of African descent, LGBTI people, migrants, and people with disabilities, among others. Equality and non-discrimination are the key to prevention of some of the biggest global crises of our time.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), acknowledge the significance of human rights as one of pivotal aspects that needs to be safeguarded as it is the key in solving most of youth issues and the path to advance progress of youth matters worldwide. Since our establishment, we aim to generate a more just world by giving opportunities to young advocates from around the world through a grouping of cross cultural human rights, volunteer services, and sustained human rights activism associated with NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
In order for humanity to build back better, we have to put human rights at the heart of the recovery. We must strive for a world where a life of equality in dignity and rights is a lived reality for all. Let us stand together for an equal, just, and sustainable world!