Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a bold, living document that states we all have inherent worth, dignity, and inalienable rights to live in a world of justice, freedom, and peace.
Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the need to turn to the articles of the Declaration and to stand up for our rights and the rights of others, especially the vulnerable, oppressed, and disempowered. When we see images of families being separated at the U.S-Mexican border, we stand up for the rights of people to seek protection in another country when they are being persecuted in their own, as stated in Articles 13 and 14.
This is also a stand for basic human decency and compassion. As the first Article of the UDHR states, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” We should all be treated this way, and in “a spirit of brotherhood.” If we cannot imagine being separated from our own children, how could we, in good conscience, not stand up when this happens to another family?
When we read of attempts of the current U.S. administration’s efforts to redefine “sex” in federal civil rights laws that could eliminate non-discrimination protection for transgender people, we stand up. We stand up for the rights in Articles 6 and 7, that all are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law. We also stand up for the truth set forth in Article 28 – that “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”
There are many fronts in the battle for human rights. And just as we applaud those fighting for human rights, we also support those who are persecuted and kept from speaking out on their own behalf. That is why on this international day of celebration, CiTTA joins the campaign to add our voice and take the UDHR@70 pledge to:
- Respect your rights regardless of who you are and uphold your rights even when we disagree.
- Stand Up, because when anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined.
- Raise our voices. We will take action. We will use our rights to stand up for your rights.
As the UDHR campaign states, we can all be human rights champions. As a purpose-driven business consulting firm, we know we can only catalyze sustainable impact when we keep the guiding principle of human dignity at the forefront. Our work for a mission-driven economy is based on the foundational belief that human rights are universal – and just as importantly, that we are all interdependent. When we stand up for one, we stand up for all.
Wherever you are today, we hope you’ll join us and #AddYourVoice to the advancement of life, liberty, and security of all people everywhere.