By Yvette Odoyo

The United Nations Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 6 October 2022 reaffirms the commitment to human rights education and the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. As young people, we have a crucial role to play in this journey. So, let’s take a moment to reflect on what this resolution means for us and how we can make a difference through the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

Building Respect for Human Rights

Imagine a world where everyone understands and respects human rights. Well, that’s exactly what this resolution aims to achieve. It highlights the power of education in strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. By integrating human rights education into schools, colleges, and various professional sectors, we can equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to stand up for our rights and the rights of others.

Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals

We appreciate the alignment of the World Programme for Human Rights Education with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals specifically emphasize the importance of human rights education, and that’s where the youth come in. By incorporating human rights education into national plans of action, the program contributes to the broader goal of creating inclusive and equitable societies. By actively participating in the implementation of this program, we can contribute to creating accountable, just, and empowering societies, one step at a time. As youths we must show the world that we’re not just dreamers but doers!

Youth Empowerment

The Human Rights Council resolution recognizes the pivotal role of young people in advancing human rights education. With the establishment of the United Nations Youth Office, dedicated to youth affairs, we are encouraged by the increased focus on youth participation and engagement. The resolution acknowledges that youth should be a central focus in the fourth phase of the World Programme, emphasizing their perspectives, experiences, and challenges. That means we have the power to shape the programs and policies that will impact our lives and the lives of future generations.

Ensuring Gender Equality

Equality matters, and that includes gender equality. The resolution rightly highlights the importance of ensuring that women benefit from the World Programme on an equal footing. Gender equality is an integral part of human rights, and it is essential to address the unique challenges faced by young women and girls. By promoting inclusive and gender-sensitive human rights education, the program creates a foundation for building societies that value and uphold the rights of all individuals, regardless of gender.

International Collaboration and Support

Creating change is a team effort, and this resolution recognizes that. It acknowledges the collaborative efforts of United Nations agencies, civil society, and youth organizations in advancing human rights education globally. That means we’re not alone in this journey! We have access to methodological training support, capacity building, and technical assistance to help us play an active role in promoting human rights education at the grassroots level.

In summary, the adoption of the United Nations Resolution on the World Programme for Human Rights Education reaffirms the commitment to promoting and protecting human rights through education. As young people, we view this resolution as an empowering opportunity to advocate for our rights and actively contribute to the implementation of the program. By integrating human rights education into various sectors and ensuring the inclusion of youth perspectives, the World Programme lays a strong foundation for building a future that respects and upholds the rights of all individuals. Through education and collaboration, we can create a future where human rights are respected and protected. So, let’s rise up, step into our roles as global citizens, and make a lasting impact. The power is in our hands!

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