International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2017 - December 11, 2017
All Day

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Human Rights 2017The International Day for Human Rights – December 10 – is a day of special social justice focus for the entire School Sisters of Notre Dame congregation.

In commemoration of Human Rights Day, we invite you to join us between noon and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, at Notre Dame of Elm Grove (13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, Wisconsin) where we will be writing letters on behalf of individuals and groups imprisoned or at-risk of human rights abuses.  We will take a break from the write-a-thon from 4-4:30 p.m. for a quiet, inspiring, Advent-themed reflection featuring prayer and poetry, symbols and song.

In December 10, people around the world celebrate the 70th 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. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.