Human rights- a right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person.
As a blogger and digital influencer in the community, I often get sent press releases on local events, fundraisers and things that are going on in our city. I don’t always share every single press release I’m sent because sometimes it simply isn’t fitting with the things I write about. However, today when I was sent a press release about an upcoming event that supports our Human rights, I did not hesitate. I felt compelled to share.
As a mother of three daughters, I have definitely experienced worries about physical or sexual violence. Will my daughter get attacked on her walk from the bus stop? Is it safe for my 10-year-old to walk to school alone? What if something happens to her? Although these thoughts aren’t something I worry about on a consistent basis, the truth is, they have crossed my mind.
Fortunately, we live in a place where these types of gender-based sexual and violent incidents don’t occur as often as they do worldwide.
Sadly, violence against women is prevalent in many parts of our world today. The statistics are frightening.
So how do we prevent this gender-based violence against girls and women? What can we do?
Firstly, we can support initiatives by taking part in their campaigns, and events. It is these small actions that can make the greatest impacts. Rather than sitting around worrying and hoping something doesn’t happen to my daughters, I can choose to take action. Today I’m taking action by sharing with you, my readers, my supportive community, information about equality, ending gender-based violence and an event that supports and celebrates our human rights.
Celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10th
Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be widespread in all parts of the globe, with extremist movements subjecting people to horrific violence.
We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are – on the street, at school, work, public transport, in the voting booth, and on social media – we can make a real difference.
Join them at UBC Robson Square, Auditorium C-300 between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to raise public awareness and urge an increase in political funding to prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls.
General Admission is $15, with tickets available on Eventbrite.
Portions of the proceeds will go towards supporting UN Women’s “Orange the World” campaign, Global Girl Power’s 6th annual Christmas Pay it Forward, and Welcome Kits (hygiene products) for local men and women shelters.
“On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all.”
— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon