Making Human Rights a Reality for the Youth of Tomorrow
- Up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked every year, 25% of whom are children.
- Across the globe, 28 million children have been displaced from their homes due to brutal conflict in their countries.
- United for Human Rights Ambassadors held over 3,000 events in 2018.
- Last year, over 54 million people were reached with the United for Human Rights campaign through delivery, media, online courses and PSAs.
Last year, over 2,000 groups, organizations and officials from 92 countries around the world implemented the United for Human Rights campaign.
Here are a few examples of just how far the campaign has reached. In Cyprus, the National Police distributed over 4,000 United for Human Rights campaign materials to all 24 police departments, including the Presidential Guard, the Central Intelligence Service and the Immigration Police.
In Denmark, the world’s largest cargo container shipping company adopted The Story of Human Rights video as part of their employee training program and it is now mandatory for all 60,000 employees in 130 countries, to watch the video.
Thanks to the support of the IAS, all materials ordered on the United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights websites are provided free of charge. Here is a letter from one teacher who ordered the Youth for Human Rights materials and implemented the program in her classroom:
“Dear United for Human Rights: As a classroom aide in a fifth grade class, I watched as the children blossomed from barely having a knowledge of their human rights to being totally captivated in their studies of the United for Human Rights program. The printed booklet was especially helpful for the students (and me) to truly comprehend the meaning of each and every ‘right’ and understand that it is our responsibility to be advocates for tolerance and peace.
We learned that a human is a person, a living creature; but, also that we are all different. We all have the right to gather together, believe in our own religion, to vote, to be opinionated, to make choices, and to be heard—in addition to the basic rights of life and liberty.
The children worked on United for Human Rights posters that they each created and which were displayed on a bulletin board in the hall. It was the idea of some of the students to write little notes and place them on the walls throughout the school, outlining ‘Know your Rights.’ They really got into the idea of passing on the message they learned.
It was truly a rich learning experience, made easier by the materials you sent for our students. Thank you for your dedication to the youth of our world…our future!”
The following are letters written by the 10-year-old students from that fifth grade classroom:
“Dear United for Human Rights: Thank you for letting us learn all these rights to freedom and liberty for all. We are still up for learning more and more every day about the world and its rights. If you hadn’t helped us and we heard people saying ‘We have rights’ I would have felt like a flat tire. Thank you!”
“Dear United for Human Rights: Thank you for all you taught us. Thanks to you, I know that I have human rights. Now I know what human rights are. Not a lot of people know about them and I feel you should know. Like when the African Americans won their human rights. That took a lot, but they knew there were rights and they knew what to do. If they had not done this, there would still be a lot of unfair treatment to them. So in all, thank you.”
“Dear United for Human Rights: Thank you so much for our wonderful books. You guys are the people this world needs. Some people do stuff for this world, but you go above and beyond. You are the people that we need more in the world. You bring everyone together and make it better. Thank you so much for teaching me about human rights and showing me that we are really all together, no matter what. THANK YOU.”