The Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th of December and is celebrated internationally to honor the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Palais de Challoit in Paris after the occurrence of the Second World War. This day is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity. The knowledge and understanding of human rights is very important to each and every individual.
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination, and other gaps in human rights protection. Only measures to close these gaps and advance human rights can ensure we fully recover and build back a world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable. As numerous countries around the globe have entered their second wave of the pandemic, it has become abundantly clear that we simply cannot go back to how the world was before.
This year’s Human Rights Day theme is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights” and it focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. It also aims showcase practical and inspirational examples that can contribute to recovering better and fostering more resilient and just societies. 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.
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 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 must put human rights at the heart of the recovery.
We all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Let us stand up, together, for an equal, just, and sustainable world!