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January 20, 2016

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

Holocaust Remembrance Day logoThe theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is "The Holocaust and Human Dignity". The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most ...

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January 19, 2016

March 8 - International Women's Day

Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday resource coverThe 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.

Presbyterian congregations have an ...

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December 10, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 16: Human Rights Day

by Paul Olson

The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights specified thirty articles: rights and freedoms essential for the achievement of dignified living for all people. These rights include civil, political, social and economic liberties. The declaration represents the belief that persons can only flourish if there rights and freedoms are respected. The drafters assumed that signers not only believed conceptually in the idea of inherent human dignity, but also accepted the personal obligations that go hand in hand with peaceful development.

We have been challenged these past 16 days to consider the right of women and girls ...

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December 8, 2015

UN Human Rights Day observed December 10

from Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service

Human Rights Day, observed each year on December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

This year's Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign called “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” The campaign recognizes the 50th anniversary of two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Dec. 16, 1966.

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December 8, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 14: Domestic Violence

by Robert Arrington

Today we draw attention to the issue of violence enacted on women and girls in the home. Domestic violence can occur against women and men, boys and girls. It is a huge problem and is often unreported and never adequately addressed. It can often have devastating effects on the children in the home, especially. During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, here are a few alarming statistics facing women and girls who experience domestic violence:

More than 60% of all women in the Pacific Islands have faced domestic violence or sexual assault. Violence against Women ...

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