The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission marked and celebrated Human Rights Week 2019 from 9 to 15 December 2019.
The theme for Human Rights Week was 'Human rights start with you'. It’s a simple but important message – each of us has a part to play in ensuring the principles of freedom, respect, equality and dignity are alive in our communities, our workplaces, our sports and social groups, even in our own lives, among our friends and families.
What is Human Rights Week?
Human Rights Week is an annual celebration of the vital role that human rights play in our everyday lives. The week coincides with International Human Rights Day on 10 December each year, which marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
During this week (and the period leading up to it), many organisations, community groups and individuals across Victoria recognised Human Rights Week with a wide range of activities. The event calendar below outlines various activties that happend in Victoria and beyond.
One of the most popular events during Human Rights Week was the annual Human Rights Oration. This year, journalist, presenter and two-time Walkey winner Virginia Trioli delivered the oration. Each year, the Commission invites a leading thinker to share their perspective on human rights – here's a list of previous speakers.
2019 Calendar of events
Leading up to Human Rights Week
Event: Plain Language Workshop for Organisations Working with CALD Communities
Description: Access to information is a basic need that hasn't yet been met for Australian CALD communities. In our two-hour workshop, attendees will learn strategies to write content that is clear, respectful and culturally appropriate.
Organiser: Sylaba Translations
Date and time: Wednesday 4 December, 10am to 12pm
Location: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Contact details: [email protected] 1300 845 890
Event: The Future of Freedom of Speech and Religion after Israel Folau
Organisation: Deakin Law School
Date and time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sat, 7 December 2019
Location: Law Institute of Victoria, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Bookings: Register via Eventbrite
Event: Amnesty Pop Culture Game Day
Organisation: Amnesty Pop Culture
Date and time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sun, 8 December 2019
Location: 134 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066
Bookings: Register via Eventbrite
Event: The Fanny Reading Human Rights Lecture with Nancy Kaufman
Description: This is an annual human rights lecture held on the Sunday closest to Human Rights Day. It honours Dr Fanny Reading who founded the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Victoria) in 1927. The lecture can be on any theme related to human rights. Past lecturers include Professor Neta Ziv (Tel Aviv University 2018), Professor Gillian Triggs (2017) and Professor Kim Rubinstein (2016)
In 2020 the speaker is Nancy K Kaufman, former CEO of the National Council of Women (USA). Her topic is “Jewish Social Justice in the Era of Trump”
Organiser: The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) Inc
Date and time: 7.15 for 7.30 pm, Sunday 8 December 2019
Location: Glen Eira Theatrette
Cost and registration: This is a ticketed event. Registration is via our website www.ncjwavic.org.au
Further details: Email [email protected] or call 9523 0535
Although the next Human Rights Week is 12 months away, make a note of it in your diary and consider how you can contribute to the positive change in your community