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Human Rights Week 2019 – 9 to 15 December 2019

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

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

Human rights start with you and us

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