Today is Human Rights Day, an annual opportunity to celebrate human rights and advocate for their full enjoyment by all people. This year, the United Nations has chosen to highlight the rights of every person across the globe to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
At Room to Read, we focus on making these rights more accessible to children and adolescent girls the best way we know how—by investing in quality education for some of the world’s most underserved communities. Beyond being a human right in and of itself (Article 26 to be exact), education also helps children find their voices—enabling greater participation in society and politics at all levels.
This aspect of education is especially important for women, who are vastly underrepresented in the political sphere in most countries around the world. Through the life skills training included in our Girls’ Education program, Room to Read helps girls develop the skills they need to break this pattern of exclusion, such as decision-making, goal-setting and interpersonal communication.
In honor of this year’s Human Rights Day, we bring you a special video premiere that celebrates the important role that life skills play in helping all young women know and defend their own rights. In the video you'll hear from one girl, Rehema, who plans to use this knowledge to build a better future for herself and her country.
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