#rights365 – Human Rights Day 2014

maruah - rights365On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

Make your voice heard now: explain on your social media of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc.), why Human Rights matter 365, e.g. how human rights issues affect our lives and people around us everyday, both positively and adversely.

Use the hashtags #rights365 and #maruahSG, so that your submissions can be easily identified

  • example 1: 8.30am – as you squeeze yourself into the MRT to rush to work, spare a thought for the FDW who wakes up at 6am and earns approximately S$500 a month; in her first few months in Singapore, her salary does not go to her, as she needs to repay a loan; she had to borrow money from the agency to travel to Singapore. She may or may not have a day off a week [UDHR Article 23, Article 24] #rights365 #maruahSG
  • example 2: 10.15am – while your teacher tries to get you to concentrate on today’s lesson, did you know that a quota was put on the number of women entering medical school, limiting it to a third or less of the total number accepted. It  was lifted in only in 2002 [UDHR Article 26] #rights365 #maruahSG
  • example 3: 6.30pm – as you check your Facebook feed on the way home, looking at the latest controversial comments brewing online, remember that exercising your right to express your opinion should also be balanced with recognition and respect for the rights of others [UDHR Article 19, Article 29] #rights365 #maruahSG

Do check the UDHR to see what are your fundamental human rights (and responsibilities).

This social media campaign will run from 8th-15th December 2014.

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