The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being celebrated around the world this year and there will be special events at the National Library of Australia and several State Libraries on 10 December, in partnership with the UN Association of Australia.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights speaks to the values held by library and information professionals, and in May 2017, ALIA Members voted to include a new Object in our Constitution: "to endorse the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in response to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future."
Here are five ways ALIA Members can be part of this worldwide celebration:
1. Promote and attend events in your State or Territory.
2. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS and #RightsoutLoud
3. Record yourself reading one or more of the Articles and upload your video to the UN website.
4. Use these exercises for conversation classes in public libraries (developed by Joanna Bragg, Multicultural Learning Coordinator, Libraries ACT)
5. Use these exercises in school libraries (adapted from 4)