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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Today is Universal Human Rights Day, and December is Universal Human Rights Month. The United Nations has  "Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights" as the theme for 2020. The organization explains,

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.

10 December is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

Under UN Human Rights’ generic call to action “Stand Up for Human rights”, we aim to engage the general public, our partners and the UN family to bolster transformative action and showcase practical and inspirational examples that can contribute to recovering better and fostering more resilient and just societies.

These are admirable goals for us all to embrace at the end of 2020 and into 2021. Specifically, the UN hopes we can make strides toward:

  • Ending discrimination
  • Addressing inequality
  • Encouraging participation and solidarity
  • Promoting sustainable development

You can read more about the UN's goals, and the plans the organization has for rolling them out globally, at the UN Human Rights Month webpage.

If you want to read books about universal human rights, check out our specially-curated collection on cloudLibrary, which features fiction and nonfiction picks for all ages, as well as audiobooks. Listen to the classics like The Diary of Anne Frank, or read recent best-seller Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Hoopla also has a human rights collection you can check out, featuring ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music.

Looking for more documentaries to watch this month? Check out Kanopy, one of our newest resources. You can check out and watch movies like Women's March, Unlocking the Cage, and many more, including informative classes from The Great Courses. 

Looking for more BiblioTech News articles with additional book recommendations and more? We've got you covered.

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