Today we observe International Human Rights Day and the theme, ‘Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights’, which centres around the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to build back better by ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts.
Every person should ideally be born with basic rights and freedoms and the rights to sustain our lives, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty. The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the need to address these basic human rights as the most vulnerable are experiencing unacceptable increases in poverty, inequality, and discrimination. Gaps in human rights protection have become glaringly evident and today’s call ‘Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights’ means just that – each of us, every community member, civic organisation, and leader must Stand Up for Human Rights, take the necessary steps to close the gaps and build a world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable for all.
As an organisation dedicated to improving healthcare for children and adolescents by upskilling and sustaining the capacity of our public healthcare workers – we are heeding this call. Through our work in the most rural and remote areas of KwaZulu-Natal we are Human Rights Champions of change and we strive to walk in the steps of one of the greatest humanitarians of our time – the late Nelson Mandela – in everything that we do.
“What counts in life in not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela