Human rights celebrations

We have marked a number of celebratory human rights days. Find out why we think the days are important and how we promote human rights.

International Womens Day logoInternational Women's Day 2013

On 8 March 2013 we celebrate International Women's Day by highlighting our work to promote women's equality and human rights.



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International Human Rights Day 2012

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people - women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalised - to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision- making.


Women's literacy class in Senegal; UN Photo/Evan SchneiderInternational Women's Day 2012

8th March 2012 is International Women's Day. See what the Commission is working on to tackle sex discrimination and promote equality for women.



Woman standing at a windowInternational Human Rights Day 2011

On 10 December 2011, we highlighted our work on protection for older and disabled people and for people at risk of violence.


Children chasing bubbles © John BirdsallInternational Human Rights Day 2010

On 10 December 2010, the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we celebrated the achievements of human rights defenders.


Elderly man with carer © godfer - Fotolia.comInternational Day of Disabled Persons 2010

On 3 December 2010, we marked the UN International Day of Disabled Persons which highlighted both the millions of disabled people around the world and the issues they face.



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