Human Rights Day

The Centre for Stories in Northbridge Western Australia is holding a special event on Human Rights Day, Saturday 10 December, involving Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Mary Ann Kenny, Baden Offord, John Ryan and Yasue Arimitsu. You may not know their names, but all these people make a difference in our world. They will be sharing the stories and books that have influenced and impacted upon their human rights work.  Come along and listen. If you aren’t in WA – look for an event near you so you can take participate in International Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed a resolution inviting all States and interested organisations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

The United Nations asks that on Human Rights Day we reaffirm our common humanity. In our current global environment I hope we can all take time to reflect on these issues more. Whoever we are and wherever we are, we can make a difference…. in the street, in school, at work, in public transport or at the voting booth. It’s up to all of us to understand the issues and the true stories so that we can defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to mark Human Rights Day than to attend this Centre for Stories event. The speakers are all significant voices in the human rights movement and I’m sure this event will sell out very fast. If you are interested I urge you to reserve your place soon. I’ll look forward to seeing you there or hearing about your activities elsewhere in Australia and around the world.

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