30 Rights in 30 Days Campaign

It is a sad reality that many people still do not know that they have basic Human Rights, and because of
this they are often taken advantage of. In order to encourage people to be active agents in working towards
the fulfilment of their Rights and the Rights of others, we first had to facilitate an understanding of what
their basic Human Rights and Responsibilities are in the first place.

This February ERNSA’s Social Justice and Advocacy Desk ran an awareness campaign aimed at informing young people of their 30 Human Rights. Over the month each day focused on one particular Human Right. The Right, relevant information regarding it and a reflection were released everyday on ERNSA’s numerous social media accounts, providing a greater awareness of Human Rights to a nationwide data base. Multiple images depicting these Rights were also released each day.

“It is a sad reality that many people still do not know that they have basic Human Rights, and because of
this they are often taken advantage of. In order to encourage people to be active agents in working towards
the fulfilment of their Rights and the Rights of others, we first had to facilitate an understanding of what
their basic Human Rights and Responsibilities are in the first place” 

The campaign launched online on the 1st of February, where the history and relevance of Human Rights were explained in an easy-to-understand and exciting way. From then on-out short reflections on each Right were released each day. These reflections assisted people in becoming more aware of human rights and ways that they could contribute towards addressing human rights violations. These reflections were made available to any CBC and affiliated school who wanted them, as well as other ERN groups and the general public.

The 20th of February marked not only the United Nations World Day of Social Justice, but also our 20th Human Right, being “The right to public assembly”. To celebrate this day, CBC St Johns in Parklands supported our Desk as we showed support for victims of violence in Nigeria suffering attacks from Boko Haram. This movement included sending messages of support and prayers to victims of human rights violations through a local radio station in Nigeria.

Throughout the month, we were made aware of participants and schools taking part in our campaign from around the world; including in England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia and India. We wish to thank every person who shared our images and reflections over the month, as well as the many others who have contacted us asking to use the campaign during different periods this year.

 

ERNSA Group

 Edmund Rice Network South Africa