How does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights change our lives?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights relates to all aspects of our lives, whether it is work, education, health, food or housing. When human rights are respected, they often go unnoticed and only become visible when they are being denied.

In the reading below, you can explore some of the important issues addressed by the Declaration.

People should receive equal pay for equal work regardless of their gender

Art. 1 (Right to Equality)
Art. 2 (Right to Non-discrimination)
Art. 23 (Right to Work)

People who have to flee their country because of war or persecution should be able to seek shelter

Art. 14 (Right to seek asylum)
Art. 13 (Freedom of Movement)
Art. 25 (Right to Food and Shelter)

When people love each other they should be allowed to express it and marry

Art. 2 (Right to Non-discrimination)
Art. 16 (Right to Family life)
Art. 19 (Freedom of Expression)

Children should be able to play and sing, grown ups should be able to have a break from work

Art. 24 (Right to Play)
Art. 16 (Right to Family life)
Art. 19 (Freedom of Expression)

When someone is unwell they should be treated and taken care of regardless of their income

Art. 25 (Right to Health)
Art. 2 (Right to Non-discrimination)
Art. 22 (Right to Social security)

People should be allowed to play music, read books, dance or engage in other cultural activities

Art. 24 (Right to Leisure)
Art. 22 (Right to Social security & Culture)
Art. 19 (Freedom of Expression)

Discussion

What did you find interesting about this reading? How does the UDHR cover some of the issues that you care about?

Take a moment to share your thoughts with your peers in the comments section.

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Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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