Monday, 09 December 2019 08:00

Human rights start with you – Human Rights Week 2019 is here

Today is the beginning of Human Rights Week – an annual celebration of the human rights and freedoms that are inherent to all of us, regardless of our background, culture, gender, age or belief. And there are opportunities throughout the week for every Victorian to show their support!

The week coincides with International Human Rights Day on Tuesday 10 December – which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It was a pivotal moment in the global human rights movement, and the Declaration has continued to shape our thinking about rights, freedoms and liberties for the seven decades since.

Our events calendar shares some of the diverse and interesting events being hosted during Human Rights Week by organisations across Victoria. There are fascinating events on forging stronger communities, the state of business and human rights, progress towards Treaty in Victoria, supporting people with disabilities, raising the age of criminal responsibility and more.

One of the flagship events during the week is the annual Human Rights Oration on Tuesday 10 December. This year, we’re pleased to welcome journalist, presenter and two-time Walkley winner Virginia Trioli as our speaker. In the oration, Virginia will ask what we have learnt about sex, power and sexual harassment in the last 25 years – which is the question at the heart of the new edition of her acclaimed 1996 book Generation F. The oration is sold out, but we’ll be live-streaming it via our Facebook page from 6pm.

To get involved in Human Rights Week, download the Information Pack and get started:

  • Host an event for your team – you might invite them along to a breakfast or morning tea, you could put on a lunch, or you might get them together for a quiz or film screening … any opportunity to bring people together. If you are hosting an event, register it on our event calendar.

  • Get active on social media – Human Rights Week is a great opportunity to join the global conversation about human rights. We’ve put together some social media messages and images you can use — you’ll find them in our Information Pack. Use the hashtag #HRWVic2019 to show your support.

Contact the Commission’s Communications and Campaigns team via [email protected] for more information or to register your event. 

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