Human Rights Day is a day chosen to bring awareness of human rights abuses to the forefront of the international community. It also puts a spotlight on promoting human rights everywhere despite a person’s gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and so forth.
While human rights should be observed every day, and not just one day every year, Human Rights Day serves as a reminder that all human beings are guaranteed basic human rights–such as equal rights; guaranteed housing and food; freedom of thought; freedom in forming labor unions; not being tortured; access to education; the list goes on and on.
I want to conclude this entry by congratulating Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in women’s rights. I applaud them and hope they continue their work with a lot of momentum into the new year.