Stand Up for Someone's Rights


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UNA-USA and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) have partnered to promote the new “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” campaign and the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2017-2018. The goal of the partnership is to empower a new generation of people to creatively amplify what they do in their daily lives to defend human rights, engage their decision makers on human rights, as well as to promote, engage, and reflect on the Universal Declaration of 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.” December 2017 will also kickoff a year-long campaign celebrating and honoring the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights culminating on International Human Rights Day in 2018.

Review the “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” UNA-USA Grant Partnership One-Pager.

Download the UNA-USA Stand Up For Someone's Rights digital toolkit.

Once you have reviewed the one-pager and digital toolkit, see below for the application. The next priority deadline will be April 1, 2018.

Successful grants will:

  • Connect: Connect your issue, during your event and in messaging, to a theme from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Engage: Engage non-traditional audiences and the local community, individuals and/or organizations, in partnerships that leverage and elevate action around your issue
  • Educate: Interactively educate the public on the issue and opportunities to act towards positive change
  • Inspire: Inspire the community to act on one or more human right’s issue in their everyday lives at the local level
  • Activate: Provide access and/or information on opportunities through which the audience can act at the local level in their community

Successful grants will avoid:

  • Fundraisers. Events should center on educating the public and providing information/opportunities to act at the local community level.
  • A broad focus. Your event should be focused to effectively address your issue, develop partnerships, and provide an opportunity for you build upon and sustain future engagement in that topic area. 

Projects that have been funded by this award include:

  • Cornell University: UNA-Cornell hosted a free speaker dinner open to the Cornell public on the intersection of environmental and human rights. Cornell partnered with the campus’ Amnesty International and Human Rights organizations to engage non-traditional audiences and expand their event’s outreach. The discussion centered on how Cornell students could address the impact of climate change on the human condition at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Carnegie Mellon University: UNA-CMU’s project sought to help refugees in Pittsburgh with their transition to their new city and country. CMU invited the entire student body to join UNA in assembling welcome packages for new refugee families and collaborated with a community partner to select the appropriate supplies for the packages. 
  • UNA-Chicago: UNA-Chicago’s program launched the chapter’s partnership with the Center on Halsted. By partnering with a well-renowned local organization and champion for individual rights, UNA-Chicago engaged nontraditional audience members and expanded its educational and advocacy efforts related to LGBTQIA+ rights.
  • UNA-Denver: UNA-Denver hosted an event to educate and mobilize students and community members to take action to end human trafficking and support trafficking victims. Event attendees learned about the prevalence of this issue, how to recognize and report trafficking, and how to improve policies on local, state, and federal levels. UNA-Denver partnered with four prominent anti-human trafficking organizations to expand their audience.  


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  • anonymous
    commented 2017-06-03 06:33:34 -0400
    Read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    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. 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.