“Never an individual movement”: Three prominent activists on the state of human rights in Canada

Three human rights advocates share how they are making progress on their goals through collective, community-led work

Why It Matters

Interconnected efforts and coalitions when fighting for human rights is more important than ever as many crises layer on top of each other, maintaining inequalities and impacting historically marginalized groups.

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“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” — these are the starting words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) from 1948, and marked a historic landmark for recognizing human rights globally. 

The UDHR, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, was fundamental in building awareness of the importance of human rights, what they are, and what it means to not have them. But still, dignity and equality are not in reach for millions. Especially when Canada, along with the world, faces a storm of crises that continue to disproportionately hurt the most marginali


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