Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The theme for 2020, “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on the need to build back better by ensuring that human rights are central to recovery efforts.
To commemorate this occasion, SGI announced that the Human Rights Education Open Web Resource “Power of Human Rights Education” is now available in three additional languages: French, Arabic and Spanish. As a collaborative initiative the site has been developed by the SGI, HRE 2020, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), and the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training with thanks to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The website has been featured in the highlights of the UN campaign #StandUp4HumanRights as a tool which “equips users, especially youth, with inspiring examples and guidance to realize their human rights and those of others and to contribute to the betterment of their own communities.”
Additionally, on 9 December Elisa Gazzotti of SGI, as NGO WG on HREL Co-chair, was invited by one of the partners of the Working Group OIDEL to release a video on human rights education and COVID-19, looking at the main challenges and opportunities linked to the Plan of Action of the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. This was part of a series OIDEL launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which different educational stakeholders share their experiences and thoughts on the impact of COVID-19.