International Human Rights Day
The International Day for Human Rights is one of the days of special social justice focus for the entire School Sisters of Notre Dame congregation. On December 10, they will join with people around the world as they celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Across the globe, thousands of people are claiming their human rights. They have publicly demonstrated across the world, demanding basic freedoms. They have organized peaceful protests. They have employed social media, and at times they have faced violent repression. Although not always victorious, these human rights defenders have created a world-wide awareness of human rights abuses. They have brought about new life and new hope for millions.
Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all women and men everywhere in the world are entitled.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have put together a list of resources, as well as ideas for action, that can be used in commemorating Human Rights Day. They are available on our international website. Additionally, we invite you to print a Human Rights Day prayer resource created by Sister Ethel Howley, SSND.