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Human Rights Day celebration with young advocates

Students and activists at the UNIC's Human Rights Day 2019 Seminar.
Students and activists at the UNIC's Human Rights Day 2019 Seminar. CaribbeanUN/Lindy-Ann Edwards-Alleyne

“Youth stand up for the right to work” was the theme of the Human Rights Day seminar co-hosted by the UNIC and Human Rights Development of Trinidad and Tobago (HRDTT) at the Centre on 10 December 2019.  

Against the backdrop of an exhibit that linked the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 20 youth participants and civil society representatives shared their own experiences and explored personal actions to advance the right to work.  

The Session began with a review of entitlements outlined in UDHR Article 23, such as the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment. The seminar’s facilitator - HRDTT President Raavohn Langaigne – then led a discussion on the issue in its range of dimensions (including age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability).  Participants also described their advocacy for change and, more specifically, the actions they were taking as individuals to promote the right to work.  

Discussants included young activists engaged on gender, youth, disability and cultural issues; and emerging human rights advocates from the El Dorado East Secondary School. Towards the end of the event and in keeping with the global 2019 Human Rights Day theme, these students spoke out on the actions they would take in support of the right to work and all human rights. 

The seminar was streamed live on Facebook. View it here:

http://bit.ly/2QpCZrI and http://bit.ly/2ZPHXBa