In 1948, the United Nation’s General Assembly established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)—a significant document that declared the inviolable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, religion, sex, language, opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. The Declaration establishes equal dignity and worth of every person and protects the rights to education, freedom, health, and more. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just as important today as it was when it was first established.
December was named Universal Human Rights Month to honor the UDHR and the basic rights and fundamental freedoms it brings us as human beings. The best was to observe Human Rights Month is to learn about your freedoms and what the UDHR does for you. If you have extra time, you can volunteer at organizations that work hard to support human rights like Amnesty International, or visit VolunteerMatch to find opportunities fit just for you. If you can’t find time in your schedule, a small donation to an organization that advocates for and supports human rights could go a long way. Whether you donate time or money, your support for these organizations are helping millions of people all around the world.
The Kellogg Family Foundation is committed to making the world a better place in any way possible. We invite you to join us in observing Universal Human Rights Month by educating yourself or giving what you can to organizations that support this cause. Human rights are relevant to each of us, every day, and we need to stand up for our rights and those of others.