• Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

Today is the UN International Human Rights Day



Today is the UN International Human Rights Day.


Violence perpetrated against others is denying basic rights.


I believe that until we address gender-based violence through prevention, I believe that until we address sexual assault and abuse through prevention, I believe that until we address systemic violence through prevention, we will not succeed in reducing it.


Yes, I also believe that Empowerment Self Defense needs to be a big part of the puzzle.


Tomorrow, we must continue to come together - with all of our backgrounds and skills to reduce and prevent acts of violence, to educate, to empower.


Tomorrow, we must continue to come together - with all of our backgrounds and skills to reduce and prevent acts of violence, to educate, to empower.

Thank you so much for joining me for the past 9 days as we’ve taken a look at seven of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, I’ve gained an even deeper understanding of the role ESD plays in making this world a healthier and safer place for everyone.



The ESD Global Movement is committed to:


UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being


Violence is the world’s number 1 cause of ill-health. The time has come to work towards preventing as many acts of violence as we possibly can.


UN SDG #4 – Quality Education


Quality education means providing everybody with an education that provides them with the skills they need to navigate this world as safely as possible, to protect themselves from harm, and to behave appropriately towards each other.


UN SDG #5 – Gender Equality


Women’s voices must be heard at full volume, without interruption, in all walks of life. Especially in the government. We need to see examples of boundary-setting and consent in every aspect of the media. We need to remove the stigma, especially for boys and men, of coming forward as a survivor.


UN SDG #8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


In school and in the workplace, girls and women deserve the opportunity to perform to the absolute best of their abilities. In order to do so, they need to feel safe in their personal lives, all day, every day. This includes feeling safe from intimidation, sexual harassment, and all other types of bullying and violence.


UN SDG #10 – Reduced Inequalities


Think globally. Act locally.


The way to empower a community starts by empowering individual members.


UN SDG #16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


Learning to defend ourselves isn’t about learning to be violent. It’s about learning to communicate and assert ourselves in a healthy way that is conducive to building peace and justice.


UN SDG #17 – Partnerships for the Goals


In the fight against violence, we all have invaluable contributions to bring to the table.

We are all in this together.


And....


Here is a concept to hold close to our hearts today, International Human Rights Day, which happens to be the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and every day:


“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”


~ Article 1, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Or.... If I were to rewrite it today... the spirit of peoplehood.


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