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The time to act is now. Each of us can do something to defend the human rights of others. Together, our individual actions can add up to a global movement and we can make a difference. If you would like to stand up and are not sure what to do, here are a few ideas:

Stand up for health.

  • Learn more about human rights to and through health by reading our report.
  • Support health care professionals who provide access and information on health issues.
  • Speak up against violence against women.
  • Be informed about your right to access to health care and information

Inform yourself and others about why human rights matter.

  • Read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Record a video of yourself reading an article of the Declaration, and share your video.
  • Help make the UDHR more accessible, by recording it in your native language for a collection of audio recordings in as many languages as possible.
  • Make a video of yourself with a friend talking about why you believe human rights matter (e.g. non-discrimination, gender equality or freedom of expression).
  • Promote stories on your social media about people that you know have stood up for rights.

Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack.

  • If you see someone being harassed, bullied or ridiculed on the street, on public transportation, while shopping or at school, stand with them.
  • Use social media to stand with people who are facing reprisals for defending human rights e.g. activists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, lawyers, trade unionists, journalists, etc.
  • At work, in school, around the dinner table, help someone whose voice is rarely heard to share their views.

Stand with others’ human rights.

  • Donate to organisations that support victims of human rights abuses.
  • Join public events in support of human rights - online and/or in the street.
  • Volunteer with a group that promotes human rights defenders.

Call on leaders to uphold human rights.

  • Lobby your government to uphold rights: sign related petitions; lobby your legislators to pass human-rights friendly laws and to repeal unfriendly ones.
  • Urge your employer to sign up to the Global Compact on Business and Human Rights; promote celebration of human rights in the work place (e.g. non discrimination, family friendly policies, decent working conditions, equal pay for equal work).
  • Urge your community’s leaders (e.g. religious, local, sporting, cultural leaders) to make public commitments to human rights.

Support human rights in everyday life.

  • Combat myths with facts: in online and daily conversations, challenge harmful stereotypes.
  • Speak up for tolerance and against prejudice. Keep yourself in check, challenge your own views and prejudices.
  • Consider the human rights track record of companies before doing your shopping.
  • Talk to your children about human rights and point out positive and diverse role models. We have materials about teaching human rights to the young.

Stand up against racism.

  • #FightRacism and make a difference wherever you are to break down racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.
  • Get involved and learn more at UN.org's Let's fight racism site.