Tuesday December 10 is International Human Rights Day.
The UN’s theme for International Human Rights Day 2019 is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights,” reminding us “you’re never too young to change the world.”
It’s easier to think of human rights abuses as something that happen elsewhere in the world. It takes more effort and attention to be critical of our own communities. Members in communities that experience discrimination are well aware of the systems of oppression that divide all of us.
Consider some of the ongoing injustices we still have to address in our schools, workplaces, justice system, cultural institutions, and in our behaviour:
The injustices are plain to see, and the underlying oppression continues to unfold even today.
Our youth can see it just as well as we can, and the UN reminds us that one of the ways we can act today is to listen to the young people who see the wrongs and empower them to make change.
CUPW’s National Human Rights Committee is a group of members who are elected by the membership at regional conferences to be a part of the change. The committee (pictured here) just had its first semi-annual meeting of the mandate, and brought their report and recommendations yesterday to the National Executive Board.
If you’re committed to making the labour movement and our society more inclusive and just, ask your local or one of your regional Human Rights Committee reps how to become a part of this work.