By Brianna Nelson | On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was produced in response to the violations of the rights of so many individuals and their communities throughout the Second World War. The document has undoubtedly lead to numerous changes in policy, has contributed to the direction of various human rights’ movements, and has started at least a few impassioned conversations around the world.
Stéphane Hessel, a diplomat, ambassador, concentration camp survivor, and former French resistance fighter, who participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 64 years ago, knows: “That does not mean we have achieved all we wanted. Far from it.”
However, with a document like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a foundation, perhaps we can work to recognize that the “human” in Human Rights cannot be selectively defined; it is a fully inclusive term that does discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
Out & Equal held its first Global LGBT Workplace Summit this past July to promote a discussion of LGBT human rights in the workplace. Listen to those who contributed to the discussion, including Vladi Luxuria, Former Member of Parliament, Italy; Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman, IBM Europe; and Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. And add your own voice to the discussion. It counts.
For more information on Human Rights Day, visit the United Nations’ online collection of resources.