All People Have the Right to Be Heard

Elected Women Leaders and Other Women meet at a Jagruk Manch in India

The Hunger Project joins the international community in celebrating human rights ― for all people ― on Human Rights Day on December 10, the date marking the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

This year’s theme is to spotlight the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, those living in poverty and marginalization — to make their voices heard in public life and in political decision-making. The rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government have been at the center of many historic changes and global movements over the past few years. They are also at the center of The Hunger Project’s programs worldwide.

The Hunger Project’s work is based on a set of 10 principles, the first of which is human dignity: the principle that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, including the right to food, health, work and education. The inherent nature of every person is creative, resourceful, self-reliant, responsible and productive. We must treat people living in conditions of hunger as the key resource for ending hunger, not simply as beneficiaries, which can crush their dignity and efforts.

One of three critical elements of The Hunger Project’s strategies in every region where we work is to ensure that people at the grassroots level are participating in and forging partnerships with local government, such that the government includes the leadership of women, is directly accountable to local people, and provides access to resources and information. In order to strengthen local government, The Hunger Project simultaneously works with grassroots leaders and government officials, lobbying for state and national law changes, and in some cases court rulings, to shift power to the hands of the people. (Read more about what we do.)

Check out our Huffington Post blog piece on the Power of Grassroots Democracy!

What You Can Do on Human Rights Day

  • Participate in the UN campaign to Make Your Voice Count! Share your thoughts about the right to participate in public life and political decision-making, using #VoiceCount.
  • Take part in the UN’s series of Google+ Hangouts to engage with senior UN officials and leading experts on the rights of minorities, persons with disabilities, the impact of business on human rights and beyond.
  • Invest now in The Hunger Project’s work to ensure that all people are empowered to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.