Take a closer look at some of the events and stories taking place across the world to stand up for human rights.


#StandUp4Migrants – stories that celebrate a larger ‘us'

To mark International Migrants Day (18 December), we’re highlighting here some of the local events that took place this year where we collaborated with so many partners including migrants, illustrators, muralists, musicians, designers, activists, chefs, and local community members.

MyGreat Cookbook

MyGreat Cookbook is a celebration of the diverse culinary journeys and experiences of women chefs who have migrated and shows the power of food in bringing people together around a shared meal to find common ground.

#MyGreat Cooking Class

We’ve partnered with migrant women chefs at Geneva-based Nik’s Fudo to bring people together at the local level. Every month, participants will be able to go on a culinary voyage with one of the chefs and learn new recipes, share stories and laughter.

Bonding over food and migrant stories in Australia

UN Human Rights partners with the social impact communications agency LoveFrankie to launch, MyGreat Story, a new video series in Australia that uses the universal bonding powers of food and storytelling to promote inclusion of migrants.

Podcast: Do No Harm

In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4HumanRights, we focus on how migration is not one-dimensional and why telling individual stories of migration, which reflect all dimensions of people can help avoid the pitfall of triggering a harmful narrative on migration. Meet Musician Austin Zhang who uses the power of music, by harmonizing his saxophone jazz melodies with a recording of his mother’s own story of migration to accentuate the emotions of her story.

Podcast: Build a Big Tent

In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4Migrants, we explore why it's important to find allies across advocacy issues and identities. Meet Niria Alicia Garcia, a Xicana human rights advocate whose parents migrated from Mexico to the United States. Our conversation with Niria Alicia explores her activism and insight on how we can multiply our impact by expanding our network to meet new allies.

Podcast: Finding Common Ground

In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4Migrants, we look at how finding common ground can help us deepen mutual understanding and empathy, build bridges, and help to identify and open spaces for migrant voices to be heard. Meet Sofija Stefanovic, author of Alien Nation, as she seeks to create a space where migrants can share their stories and listeners can revel in our shared humanity.

Podcast: Think Local with Nik’s Fudo

In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4Migrants, we meet the team from Nik's Fudo who are bringing migrants and communities together at the local level, be it in shared spaces or around shared interests. Join us as we speak with the founders of Nik's Fudo, Nishanie Jayamaha and Nikhil Masilamani, and migrant chefs Safa Gharbi and Naila Samin.

Voices for Action against Racism

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), we encourage people everywhere to raise their voices and mobilise against all forms and manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice, and to contribute to ensuring a safe environment, both off and online, for those who speak up.

International Women’s Day- Promoting gender equality through human rights education

7 March 2022- Moving along their collaboration launch on 10 December 2021, Human Rights Day, Amnesty International, Soka Gakkai International and UN Human Rights will launch the second in their series of conversations with young human rights educators from around the world, to culminate with the launch of the multimedia educational tool later this year.

Podcast: The Power of Storytelling

In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4Migrants, we’re examining the power of storytelling with Ali Jehad, a photographer from Sweden and former refugee from Iraq, and Robin Hammond, the founder of the 1000 Dreams project, which strives to change existing refugee narratives by telling the stories of 1000 refugees in Europe. Jehad is also a contributing storyteller for 1000 Dreams.

Podcast: Create a Vision of the World You Want to See

January 2022- In this episode of the UN Human Rights podcast, #StandUp4Migrants, we speak to land artist Saype. Saype creates large-scale paintings on grass with biodegradable paint. The artwork can only be seen in its entirety by taking an aerial perspective. Saype uses his artwork to inspire people to have a hopeful vision of the world.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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