This week, we celebrated International Human Rights Day.
International Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a milestone document that provides the benchmark for the things every human should enjoy – freedom, respect, equality and dignity.
The theme of International Human Rights Day this year is Recover Better – Stand up for Human Rights.
This theme reminds us that during crisis we need to double down on our commitment to highlighting and eliminating human rights violations.
This year has not been without human rights issues, whether it be the amendments to child protection and rape laws or the continuation of the discriminatory cashless debit card scheme, the falling away of income support or lack of housing security – there are many issues we need to continue to address.
This year’s celebration of the International Human Rights Day is a historic one for Queensland as we mark our first Human Rights Day with legislated human rights protections in place.
I hope you have had the opportunity to hear some of the stories that have been shared publicly this week about the impact the Act has already had in Queensland.
But while we should celebrate our progress, we must remember that there’s still a long way to go. We must continue to work towards developing a genuine human rights culture in Queensland and we all have our role to play.
To develop your human rights literacy, I encourage all of you to register for our Human Rights in action webinar next week.
It’s the final event for QCOSS members for the year and it promises to be a good one, filled with practical examples and the chance to develop your confidence in applying a rights-based approach to helping clients in your work. Just head to our website to register. I hope to see you there.
Until next time, take care and have a great weekend.