Mary Wald

/ forwarding the messages that build a better world

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

We have a soft spot for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Written in 1948, when the world was still coming out of World War II and struggling with the still-fresh memory of atomic weapons being dropped on civilian populations, it outlines the basic rights and freedoms of all men and women; the rights we inherently hold just by being human.

The UDHR was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. It was the beginning of the human rights movement. It has since been used in drafting the constitutions for many new democracies, including Japan and Germany after the war. It is taught in countless schools and universities as the very foundation of human rights, and is referred to by governments, academics, advocates, and constitutional courts, and by individuals fighting for their rights around the world.

We just like to try to keep the fire lit. So in 2009 we produced billboards around Los Angeles promoting the UDHR, and we are currently gearing up for a much larger campaign with some names you might know.