Today’s great human rights challenges include racial discrimination, times and circumstances of strife that put civilians at risk, and gender inequality. Promoting human rights includes advocating adoption of, and compliance with, international and regional codes of human rights, the incorporation of human rights into domestic law is a legitimate objective of a charity promoting human rights.

How to Promote and Protect Human Rights: When it comes to respecting and promoting human rights, governments bear the primary responsibility. However, every individual owes it to themselves and their communities to promote human rights. That can seem like a challenging task, but there are many ways you can undertake this mission in both your daily life and as a lifelong goal. Here are ten examples:

Research human rights issues
To promote human rights, you first need to understand the issues. Many people have good intentions, but if they lack accurate information, their efforts can make things worse. Commit to thorough research from credible sources, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and news organizations with good track records. Bear in mind that no source is perfect and even reliable organizations can miss the mark. It’s your responsibility to read widely, listen to people’s stories, and recognize that learning is a continuous process.

Vote in every election
If you live in a country with elections, you can promote human rights by voting whenever you can. That includes local elections, school board elections, and more. Pay attention to the candidates running and their platforms. You can also participate in democracy by helping other people vote, including those who face disenfranchisement or who believe voting doesn’t matter.

Put pressure on those responsible for upholding human rights
As we mentioned in the introduction, governments are responsible for protecting human rights. They often fail. You can promote human rights by contacting government officials and urging them to take action on pressing issues. You can contact international entities, as well, if you’re unable to directly contact your government or if they are not responsive.

Protest inequalities
Peaceful protest is one of the most powerful ways to support human rights. Throughout history, protests have sparked major changes surrounding laws, regime changes, and more. The bigger the protest, the more attention an issue gets. Protests can be dangerous and involve the police, so organizers must have ways to stay in communication with everyone and a plan to leave the area safely.

Take action when you see discrimination
A person’s rights are disrespected every time they face discrimination. You can promote human rights in your daily life by doing something when you witness things like racism or sexism. Taking action can mean different things depending on the situation. Commit to finding out what best serves the people you want to help as opposed to trying to “play the hero.” As an example, if you see discrimination in a workplace, try to talk to the person who was the target of the discrimination before taking any action. They might have specific ideas about how you can support them.

Support economic rights
Economic rights are at the root of many other human rights. If someone lives in poverty, they are vulnerable to a host of other inequalities like a lack of access to healthcare, education, housing, and more. A lack of economic rights also fuels violence and human trafficking. If you want to promote human rights, you can’t forget about poverty. Advocate for things like equal pay for equal work, education access, free childcare, clean water and sanitation, and more.

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