Human Rights Day is being commemorated today. This is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). That is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Humana Belize is an organization that works to educate persons on their human rights. They created a short film highlighting the training and educating of human rights in southern Belize to observe this day, Indira Williams tells us more.
Indira Williams, Project Manager, Humana Belize: “The project is basically all about education in human rights. We have been working with this project for three years, it’s funded by the European Union and we have been partnering with Belize Family Life Association and the Human Rights Commission of Belize. Every year we do an activity with the ten communities that we work in to promote human rights and celebrate Human Rights Day with them. This year we are not able to do that because of the pandemic so therefore we have created this movie that shows what this project has been doing for the past three years in the ten communities in southern Belize. We have touched on human trafficking, sexual and reproductive health and rights, discrimination, civil and political rights you know there’s a lot of issues with the Mayan land rights and things like that so we have educated them about their rights in their specific communities when it comes to women’s rights and children’s rights we’ve also worked with the schools in training the kids about their children’s rights and most of the participants that we’ve had during the course of this project is mainly women learning about their women’s rights but we do have partial participation from the men in the communities also.”
This year’s theme is “Recover Better: Stand up for Human Rights”.