In our recent blog posts, we have been taking an indepth look at GoPhil’s key sectors and discussing their importance to our community, their impact on global equity, and how our partners’ work address the many challenges and gaps that their communities face. Our previous blog posts covered education and health care. For our third installment, we will be focusing on our third key sector: Human Rights.
GoPhil works to provide a platform and voice to individuals and organizations championing human rights and justice around the world as we believe advancing the rights of marginalized communities is imperative to achieving global equity. Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death.
Human rights include but are not limited to:
- the right to life and liberty
- freedom from slavery and torture
- freedom of opinion and expression
- the right to work and education
According to the UN, “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” We completely agree with the UN’s sentiment and wish to see this belief adopted in all communities and for all individuals. However, ensuring that everyone has access to human rights is not as straightforward as we would like. We have learned through personal experiences that cultural norms and practices of communities make identifying human rights injustices nuanced and challenging.
For those reasons, we feel it is important to support community based organizations and grassroots efforts, led by individuals who are from the community they serve. As a community, GoPhil believes our place is to listen to activists and changemakers to learn more about the work they are doing in their communities and how we can best support them.
In this blog post, we will highlight the partners who are fighting for rights and causes in their communities so you have an opportunity to learn more about their inspiring work.