Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
2021 Theme: EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
- Article 1. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
This year the UN wishes to highlight some questions related to equality.
- Let's think about what an equality solution would look like!
- Will an aproach based on human rights contribute to achieve the 2030 Agenda?
The UN also emphasizes that urgent action is needed to enable and empower the rights of those in the most vulnerable situations!
Know more at the UN website
And what about Technology? How can Technology helps us reduce inequalities?
The digital age has opened up new frontiers of human welfare, knowledge and exploration. Digital technologies provide new means to advocate for, defend and exercise our rights. Advances in medicine and science hold enormous promise for prolonging and improving our lives.
This school year, we want to learn more about Technology! We feel the need to observe Human Rights when addressing this topic. Why? The use of Technology and the marvellous technological advances that we have "must not be used to erode human rights, deepen inequality or exacerbate existing discrimination" (António Guterres, 2020).
And you? What can you do? Remember Eleanor's words!
We challenge you to:
- Identify a situation of inequality (a problem);
- Suggest a solution fostered by a technological advance;
- Share it on the TwinBoard - you can create a design on Canva, or another Web 2.0 tool.