Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 to honour the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The UDHR is a document which “proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being”- irrespective of their gender, language, religion, race, colour, national or social origin, political or other opinions among other statuses, according to the United Nations (UN’s) website.

The UDHR is available in more than 500 languages and is the most translated document across the globe. It continues to be the foundation of all international human rights laws.

What are human rights?

Human rights are the rights that people simply have and are not granted by any state. These rights are inherent to all irrespective of any of the above statuses. Human rights range from right to life, right to food, right to education, right to health etc.

Human Rights Day 2021 theme

This year’s theme for Human Rights Day is Equality – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights. The theme is related to Article 1 of the UDHR which states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Famous quotes on human rights:

Former South African president Nelson Mandela

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”:

Former American minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr

“A right delayed is a right denied.”

António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations

“When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable, and just world.”

Former US president John F Kennedy

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Let’s Embrace Our Failures

Failure is a thought that drives fear in the hearts and minds of many people. In fact, it can have a paralyzing effect. But what if I tell you failure is a good thing? That instead of being afraid of failure, you should embrace it like a long-lost friend?

The Olympics best represents a harsh truth in a world that has grown to be highly competitive: There will always be more losers than winners.

We all love a happy ending.

But life is not a Hollywood script. Every day we write our own story. Each page adds to a chapter in our lives until we close it and start a new one.

We are not guaranteed a happy ending, but we have the power to write one for ourselves.

People who are afraid of failure tend to operate within their comfort zones. If you want to grow, you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. In time, everything becomes easier.

I genuinely believe failure is a gift. A gift that you give to yourself to learn, to grow, to have the chance to improve.

I’ve learned to be vulnerable, to overcome my fear of being unguarded, of showing my sensibilities. Being vulnerable does not make me weak – it only makes me wiser and stronger. Vulnerability allows people to connect beyond what we express externally.

I have acknowledged now that a career is a journey about learning. What we do is our footprint, sometimes in all people’s life, sometimes in none but our own, sometimes in a few. But doing what you believe in and sticking to your values is always the right and best decision, taking ownership of our actions in any case. If it is a mistake, it is our own responsibility to absorb the learnings and repair what we did with a solution.

What is worse than failure?

Not taking the risk; becoming a dreamer forever instead of a doer. Don’t worry about the outcome; achieving long-term, sustainable success is a marathon, not a sprint. What you need to do is to take that first step and turn your dream into a reality.

Therefore, it is rightly said that “Winners are not people who fail but, people who never quit”. So, get up, stand up, stand up for your life, stand up for your rights, and don’t give up the fight!


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