What is Human Rights Week?
International Human Rights Day in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the declaration on 10 December 1948.
The Commission has celebrated Human Rights Day with an Oration since 2001. As an annual event held on or around 10 December, the Human Rights Oration aims to highlight human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of Victorians. Each year we invite prominent speakers in different fields to present their perspective on human rights (see a list of previous speakers).
LIVE STREAMING - the event will be live streamed through the VEOHRC Facebook page.
This year we are celebrating Victoria's Human Rights Week from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 December 2018.
The theme for Human Rights Week is '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.
Perhaps we don’t yet know what part it is that we can play. This is what Human Rights Week is also about. It’s about discovering what each of us can do to grow a human rights culture.
What's on during Human Rights Week?
The main components of Human Rights Week are:
- an online event calendar listing events and activities that people and workplaces are holding to celebrate Human Rights Week
- the Human Rights Oration. This year's Oration will be delivered by author, journalist and screenwriter, Benjamin Law. Please book tickets online by Thursday 6 December.
How can you take part in Human Rights Week?
Celebrate Human Rights Week with an event!
Here are some ways to participate in Human Rights Week 2018 and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
- Download the Information Pack
- Put up the Human Rights Week poster around your school, workplace, club
- Run an activity and register it on the Calendar of Events
- Host a morning or afternoon tea
- Invite a speaker
- Come to the Human Rights Oration or organise a screening. The event will be live streamed on the Victorian Equal Opportunityand Human Rights Commission's Facebook page.
- Do some research about human rights online or visit your local library to find out about key human rights milestones and developments
- Develop your own human rights trivia quiz
- Study a famous Australian or international human rights activist
- Run an art competition for your school or community
- Tell everyone you know about Human Rights Week
- Share what you’re doing on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (and don’t forget to tag us!)