It’s Thursday, Dec. 10, a.k.a: International Human Rights Day. It’s been 72 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the most translated document in the world, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which proclaims the inalienable rights human beings are entitled to regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Unfortunately, we still have a ton of progress to make in terms of honouring these rights for all human beings.
We stand with the UN in recognizing the opportunity that Dec. 10 brings us to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want and the need for global solidarity in a time when guaranteed human rights must be at the centre of the post COVID-19 world.
2020’s theme of “Recover Better” has helped us reflect on the deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination, and the other gaps in human rights protection that the pandemic has highlighted. Ensuring communal interconnectedness, ending discrimination of any kind, addressing inequalities, and promoting sustainable development are the measures that need to be taken to recover and advance human rights for everyone.
In an effort to continuously evolve, set an example as a media platform, and aid this mission’s progress, we’ve rounded up a list of articles featured on STYLE Canada that can help you take actionable steps towards standing up for human rights. Happy reading!
To commemorate Canada History Week and the beginning of Canada’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Week, we asked STYLE Canada contributor Asha Swann to help up us review the shameful, problematic, and complicated history of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Together, we’re hopeful that we can bring them justice. *Warning: this article contains graphic language.
Here are five ways to show support for the #BLM movement compiled by @mariaxcamille, with little to no monetary involvement. Like the poster below reads: “Being an ally doesn’t stop when we are in a bind financially”.
As race issues continue to dictate media coverage, it’s important to work on learning what our individual biases are so that unlearning them can become a priority. Not sure where to start? Check out the following women-authored books on race and give them a read.
2020 has been a year of change, and as we continue to #StayHome (when possible), what better way to educate yourself than by listening to Canadian BIPOC creators in the media space? Here are five podcasts to help you increase your awareness amidst another social distancing crack down.
Here, blogger, educator, and beauty connoisseur Nancy Meyah, (one of STYLE Canada‘s very own #LeadingLadies), outlines six introspective actions to take to become a better ally.