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By NCRW Channel: Human Rights Day

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 4:32pm

By Linda Basch and Kyla Bender-Baird

December 10th was Human Rights Day, a day established in honor of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Each year, our calendar is filled with such commemorative dates—World AIDS Day, Equal Pay Day, Women’s Equality Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On these days, proclamations are made, thought leaders gather for panel discussions and press conferences, and Facebook and Twitter accounts buzz with videos and changed profile pictures. For those of us in the business of changing the world, these days also offer us an opportunity to reflect on how we do our work.

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 2:51pm

By Taina Bien-Aimé*

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 2:38pm

By Eleanor Blomstrom*

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 2:20pm

By Jelena Prosevski* 

“…capabilities to choose a life one has a reason to value”, Amartya Sen

Just two months ago the Pride Parade in Serbia was followed by a riot of protesters who attacked the police and demolished downtown Belgrade.  By the time the rioting started, according to the reports from Belgrade, the majority of the Parade participants had already been in the safety of their homes, at times even driven there by the police in order to ensure safety. Among those who were unfortunately injured were primarily police force members.

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 1:38pm

By Nancy Northup*

This month signifies the importance of taking a stand for reproductive rights. Sixty-two years ago this December, the U.N. adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting forth basic human rights that underpin every person’s ability to live with dignity, enjoy full and equal citizenship, and lead a healthy and fulfilling life. A woman’s reproductive rights lie at the heart of that promise. When a woman is denied the ability to decide when and whether to have children and the information and means to do so, she cannot direct her own life, protect her health, and exercise her human rights.