At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified job opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. By ethically sourcing and purchasing artisan-made goods, we support sustainable income opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and social justice issues and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we are recognizing Human Rights Day.
Human Rights Day is observed annually on December 10, with 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration “proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” This document was created based on experiences from World War II. Communities and world leaders strived to prevent anything of that nature from happening again.
The Declaration was created and written in less than two years. The Commission on Human Rights consisted of 18 representatives across various cultural and legal backgrounds from around the world. They included Eleanor Roosevelt, René Cassin of France, who created the first draft, and John Humphrey of Canada, who created the blueprint and was the director of the UN’s Human Rights Division. The final draft was shared in Geneva and sent to UN member states for review. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly officially adopted the Declaration at a meeting in Paris.
The Declaration has led to meaningful change across the world as it preserves basic human rights and dignity, helps to shed light on issues, and sets the foundation for us to work toward a peaceful and equal world. Furthermore, this document is available in more than 500 languages, making it the most translated document. Despite not being a legally binding document, the Declaration has led to the creation of more than 60 different instruments that advance and protect human rights and equality.
This year, the United Nations is leading the #StandUp4Human Rights campaign that asks individuals to pledge to respect one another’s rights, no matter who they are, and acknowledge that if one person’s rights are not respected, then everyone’s rights are therefore at risk and negatively affected.
At The Little Market, we believe that everyone deserves to have their human rights recognized. All people deserve respect and the right to dignified job opportunities that support themselves and create a brighter future for their families. Please join us in helping to raise awareness for human rights and to support marginalized communities around the world. We can all work toward a world in which everyone’s rights are recognized.
United Nations – Human Rights Day
United Nations Human Rights – Office of the High Commissioner
Forbes – Affirm Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere and Stand Up for Human Rights
Stand Up 4 Human Rights
United Nations – History of the Document