Play your part in combating discrimination,
this Human Rights Day…and beyond.
Check out the following ideas for events and activities that you can undertake as part of a campaign against discrimination.
These and many more ideas can be found on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
- Educate…disseminate…advocate! Use content from this or the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to develop your own information materials – posters, flyers, brochures, factsheets – and translate them into the language of your community.
You can use the Human Rights Day 2009 design to stamp your publications, website, banners, t-shirts, pins etc.
- Symbolic action. Plan a specific event to honour Human Rights Day and to advocate against discrimination. Let citizens in your community unite in a common symbolic action e.g. lighting of candles, raising of a flag, reading of stories, honouring local heroes who have fought against discrimination in the community.
- "Discrimination-free communities": Encourage communities or sectors of all sizes (e.g. a village, a school, a university, a workplace, a senior citizens' centre) to declare themselves to be "discrimination-free". As such they will promote the observance of and respect for human rights, non-discrimination and diversity.
- Sports. Organize sports competitions around a non-discrimination theme.
- International Days. Don’t just stop at Human Rights Day! Use other existing events and observances to draw attention to discrimination issues.
- Organize programmes aimed at integrating "discriminated persons" into mainstream society.
- Host a film screening and discussion or coordinate a film festival highlighting discrimination issues.
- Organize street theatre, dance, local festivals and other popular presentations relating to non-discrimination and human rights for a variety of audiences.
- Lobby your government to ratify international human rights treaties and to review national legislation so that it conforms with international human rights law.