Human Rights Awareness Month
December is widely celebrated as Human Rights Awareness month, with December 10 recognized internationally as Human Rights Day – the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The text of the declaration, which is available to read and download at the United Nations’ website, states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Although the declaration was adopted more than 75 years ago, people around the world continue to experience persecution, discrimination, and intimidation. This month, P.A.W.s. spotlighted the effort to combat human rights violations at Ashford University, where a number of staff and faculty members use their positions to advocate on behalf of those who do not have a voice. Their work includes creating “safe spaces” for sexual and gender minority students, addressing inequalities in access to mental and health care services, and combating bigotry in alliance with the Anti-Defamation League.
In the above video, you’ll see interviews with these human rights champions, hear how they define advocacy, and become inspired by their work to ensure all people are entitled to the rights set forth by the United Nations.
Written by Ashford University staff.