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human rights day 2013

Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.

This post was taken from United Nations Human Rights. To learn more information, click here.

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World Water Day 2012

“World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day to recognize the importance of earth’s most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. While we often take water for granted, many cannot. And water plays a role in almost everything we do. We drink it, wash in it, play in it, generate power with it, irrigate crops with it, travel and transport goods on it, fight fires with it, and worship with it. Gathered here are images of water from the last year in all its uses, in scarcity and in abundance.” — Lane Turner from The Boston Globe
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The Whistleblower

In 1998, Kathryn Bolkovac was just an ordinary cop living an ordinary life in Lincoln, Nebraska when she happened upon an ad stapled to the bulletin board at the police headquarters. Little did she know that this ad would change her life. It said: “International Police Task Force–Bosnia.” Less then a year later after signing with DynCorp (a United States based private military provider), Bolkovac was on a plane to Sarajevo to help bring humanitarian and judicial aid to the newly formed Bosnia and Herzegovina. She could not have imagined what awaited her upon her arrival. Teamed up with both the International Police Task Force (IPFP) and the United Nations (UN), Bolkovac passionately advocated for women’s human rights before ultimately being asked to join a UN project called “Effectively Addressing Violence Against Women.” Soon afterwards she discovered that women Continue reading

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World Day of Social Justice

The United Nations has chosen today, February 20th, 2012, to commemorate social justice and to challenge people to if be aware of the injustices being committed everyday on a world-wide scale. Here on Rediscovering Social Justice, we each decided to commemorate today by defining social justice and talking about what the term means to each of us individually. If you take the time to read our ramblings, we thank-you, and we also encourage you to share your own ramblings with someone else today as well.

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Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

According to the United Nations: “Trafficking in persons’ shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was first introduced in 2007 and commissioned by a grant from United Arab Emirates. UN.GiFT “was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 [countries] have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children.”

UN.GIFTs mission is to reduce the potential of future victims, ensure protection and assistance to the victims, and support the efficient prosecution for all criminals involved. UN.GIFT fights and promotes awareness of trafficking by partnering with governments, businesses, media outlets, such as newsletters, podcasts, and television, academia, civil society, and Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking(ICAT).

To find out more about UN.GIFT, click here.

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