UNA-USA and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) have partnered to promote the new “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” campaign in 2017-2018. The goal of the partnership is to empower a new generation of people in the U.S. to creatively amplify what they do in their daily lives to defend human rights as well engage their decision makers on human rights.
The “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” campaign is inspired by former First Lady and UNA-USA trailblazer Eleanor Roosevelt and her famous observation: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.” Launched by the UN Human Rights Office, the campaign is a reminder that human rights “start with each of us” and our communities standing together against intolerance, injustice, and discrimination. At its heart “Stand Up” seeks to raise awareness about the essential role of human rights in people’s everyday lives, and encourages people to support the human rights of others, in their communities and with their decision makers. In doing so, says the UN Human Rights Office, “local actions can add up to a global movement.”
UNA-USA is providing financial awards to its community and campus chapters to host “Stand Up” events with a focus on human rights. See below for the application and how to apply.