The United Nations declared December 10th Human Rights Day. This year's theme is "Equality - reducing inequalities, advancing human rights", which is related to the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that says that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Human rights are rights that we all have as human beings. They include women's rights, LGBTQQIP2SAA (LGBTQ2+) rights, civil rights, Indigenous rights and children's rights.
Human rights are necessary to protect people. Here are some human rights leaders who have fought for our freedom over the years:
- Malala Yousafzai fought for women and girls to have the right to education in Pakistan.
- Harvey Milk fought for LGBTQ2+ rights. He was the first openly gay politician elected to an office in California.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an activist lawyer and champion of gender equality. She was the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
- Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist during the American civil rights movement, who fought against segregation and racism. He fought for Black Americans to have the right to vote and other civil rights.
To learn more about Human Rights Day or what human rights are, please see our reading list below:
December 10th is Human Rights Day, as declared by the United Nations. This year's theme is "Equality - reducing inequalities, advancing human rights". In honour of this special day, we have compiled a list of eBooks, audiobooks and books that discuss human rights including women's, LGBTQ2+, civil and Indigenous rights. We also featured biographies on human rights leaders such as Malala Yousafzai, Harvey Milk, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin Luther King Jr.