KATHMANDU, Dec 10: UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched "Our Rights," an Asia-Pacific-wide campaign, to mark the International Human Rights Day on Thursday.
As part of the campaign, UNFPA's 23 offices in the region will work with a range of partners to help give people a voice on what human rights mean for them and what they expect from their communities and countries, through images, videos, personal narratives and other forms of creative expression, conveyed via social media and the hashtag #OurRights.
"The Our Rights campaign invites everyone, including women, girls and young people, especially those in communities that have traditionally been excluded, such as indigenous people, migrants, disabled people, the LGBTI community and the poor, to share their stories about what it really means to be born free and equal in dignity and in rights," said Yoriko Yasukawa, UNFPA's Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
"We'll help amplify people's voices, stories and views about sexual and reproductive health and rights, freedom from gender-based violence, and the leadership of young people. It's their vision that will inform, educate and empower communities – and support governments to meet their human rights commitments," Yasukawa said.
The world marks Human Rights Day on December 10, honoring the day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"Human rights are central to everything we do at the UN. Now, more than ever, they are vital as we work together to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda that seeks to ensure a life of dignity for all people, in all spheres of life – the economic, the social, the environmental," said Yasukawa.
World leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN on September 25. They aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
Published on: My Republica (December 10, 2015)