Take the pledge and add your voice to the growing list of global human rights supporters.
I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you.
When anyone's human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will STAND UP.
I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.
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The time to act is now. Each of us can do something to defend the human rights of others. Together, our individual actions can add up to a global movement and we can make a difference. If you would like to stand up and are not sure what to do, here are a few ideas:
Stand up against racism.
- #FightRacism and make a difference wherever you are to break down racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.
- Get involved and learn more at UN.org's Let's fight racism site.
Inform yourself and others about why human rights matter.
- Read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Help make the UDHR more accessible, by recording it in your native language for a collection of audio recordings in as many languages as possible.
- Make a video of yourself with a friend talking about why you believe human rights matter (e.g. non-discrimination, gender equality or freedom of expression).
- Promote stories on your social media about people that you know have stood up for rights.
Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack.
- If you see someone being harassed, bullied or ridiculed on the street, on public transportation, while shopping or at school, stand with them.
- Use social media to stand with people who are facing reprisals for defending human rights e.g. activists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, lawyers, trade unionists, journalists, etc.
- At work, in school, around the dinner table, help someone whose voice is rarely heard to share their views.
Stand with others’ human rights.
- Donate to organisations that support victims of human rights abuses.
- Join public events in support of human rights - online and/or in the street.
- Volunteer with a group that promotes human rights defenders.
Call on leaders to uphold human rights.
- Lobby your government to uphold rights: sign related petitions; lobby your legislators to pass human-rights friendly laws and to repeal unfriendly ones.
- Urge your employer to sign up to the Global Compact on Business and Human Rights; promote celebration of human rights in the work place (e.g. non discrimination, family friendly policies, decent working conditions, equal pay for equal work).
- Urge your community’s leaders (e.g. religious, local, sporting, cultural leaders) to make public commitments to human rights.
Support human rights in everyday life.
- Combat myths with facts: in online and daily conversations, challenge harmful stereotypes.
- Speak up for tolerance and against prejudice. Keep yourself in check, challenge your own views and prejudices.
- Consider the human rights track record of companies before doing your shopping.
- Talk to your children about human rights and point out positive and diverse role models. We have a variety of materials about teaching human rights to the young.