26 November, 2021

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on the 10th of December. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) proclaims the rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political opinion, property, birth or other status.

This year’s Human Rights Day Theme relates to ‘Equality’ and Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Here at Mpeople, we implement and value ethical practice throughout our work and strive for equality in the workplace and outside of the workplace. The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights.

2021 Theme: Equality – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights

According to United Nations, promoting equality and non-discrimination can be done using a human-based approach. This can be done by addressing and finding solutions to deep-rooted forms of discrimination which affect marginalized groups in society such as women, ethnic minority groups, LGBTQI people, migrants, people with disabilities, among others.

A Human Rights-Based economy can break cycles of poverty

Ensuring power, opportunities, resources are more fairly shared, this can set the foundation of a sustainable human rights-based economy. Not only will human rights improve, but also social, economic and cultural rights, whilst moving towards a safer, cleaner, healthier and more sustainable environment.

Equal Opportunities for youth

Financial and health crises have long-lasting impacts on millions of young people, unless their rights are protected (through decent jobs and social protection) – COVID-19 could have potentially caused risk for this generation of young people and could lead to detrimental effects of inequality and poverty.

Advancing the right to a healthy environment and climate justice

Environmental change such as climate change, pollution and nature loss can have an impact of groups and people in vulnerable situations which again can exacerbate current inequalities and negatively affect the human rights of present and future generations. To fulfill this right of a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, immediate action is required.

Preventing Conflict and Building Resilience through Inclusion, Equality and Human Rights

Human rights can tackle the root cause of conflict and crisis, by addressing grievances, eliminating inequalities and exclusion and allowing people to participate in decision making that affect their lives. Those societies that protect and promote human rights for everyone are more resilient and are better equipped when unexpected crises such as pandemics occur and are more resilient to the impacts of the crisis.