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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY - DECEMBER 10 2016


Human Rights Day was established in 1948 during a period of reflection and rebuilding of global values. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly stated that all people must be treated equally, that each human being must be recognised and valued. The broad range of rights put forward in this declaration serves as a common standard for all peoples and all nations.

For decades International Council of Jewish Women has worked in the international arena as the voice of Jewish women. As a non - government organisation at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and at UNESCO in Paris, ICJW has upheld the principles of human rights, particularly the rights of women.

Each year Human Rights Day closes the 16 day period of activism against gender based violence; this begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The juxtaposition of these UN dates speaks to the insecurity of many women in our world today.