The Universal Declaration of Human
Rights turns 70
Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
- Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
- Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
- Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
- Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
- We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.
- Rejecting food when there’s an issue:
Mr. Husband, you gave your wife money for food and after it was prepared you refused to eat because you are angry. It’s one of the greatest signs of immaturity; it’s time to grow up! You should not even abandon your home for any reason. You could go somewhere when angry but ensure that you don’t allow it to linger unnecessarily because that is enough for the devil to build on even though some women can be really troublesome.
- Telling your wife severally that you are the head:
May I let you know that even when your wife disobeys/disrespect you she still knows that you are the head. You need not shout or scream it daily. Or do we need to get you a slot on CNN? It’s important for you to know when and how to be firm and put your feet down over issues, however don’t become a nagging husband just to prove that you are the head.
- Issuing threats:
Beating, verbally abusing your wife, Issuing threats of divorce or bragging about marring another wife does not make you a man. An EMPTY barrel makes the loudest noise. Your strength is in your ability to tame your tongue and control your fist. When she is acting her “childish woman “part, play the “matured man”.
- Reporting your wife friends and family:
When your wife offends you, correct and talk things through. You don’t have to tell everyone about her mistakes that will paint her black and sell her cheap such that you will not be able to redeem her back. By the way, are you a reporter answer my question?
- Keeping malice:
Is it not funny to know that some men keep malice? Some of them even nag, criticize, abuse and call their wives names in public. It may make you look like a “big boy” who’s in control but you are not going to gain anything good from it, your home will only be a den of insults and confrontations.
- Not helping with house chores:
I must say here that it is the sole responsibility of a woman to tend and manage a home. However, it’s not a bad thing if a man lends a helping hand when necessary. Watching football with newspaper in your hand every evening, not caring how stressful the house chores are will only increase the pressure on your wife and if you truly care you’ll help, just checking on her while busy could encourage and sooth her, this also makes you a good example to the kids especially the boys. Some men don’t even say “thank you” to their wives after eating, all they do is compare her with other women. It’s a shame that after having 3-4 kids some men cannot change a simple diaper or prepare cereal meals; a big shame.
The main point is?
A REAL man is a pillar of support to his wife, not a hole of depression.
International Women’s Day is an annual event held on March 8 every year to celebrate women and their achievements. It is also designed to sensitize people to the rights and plights of women globally. The first international women’s day took place on March 19, 1911. The International Women’s Day wa
s later moved to March 8, in 1913.
Lagos lawyer, human rights activist and the CEO of Women Empowerment and Legal Aids (WELA), Funmi Falana is the wife of radical lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN).
In this explosive interview with NAIJ.com’s David Oladele, she unraveled the issues behind the alarming rate of domestic violence in Lagos and Nigeria at large, and reveals the kind of person that her husband truly is.
Photo credit: Wellbeing Foundation
In Nigeria, 43% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday. 17% are married before they turn 15.
The prevalence of child marriage varies widely from one region to another, with figures as high as 76% in the North West region and as low as 10% in the South East.
While data shows a 9% decline in the prevalence of child marriage since 2003, action is needed to prevent thousands of girls from being married in the coming years.