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Freedom, Equality and Justice for All

Written by Sakshi Singh

Edlodge recognises Human Rights Day

Black , brown , white are more than just skin tones, they are barriers . 

These barriers have divided the world into two sides, one whites and the other non-whites.

One sunny morning in the South USA a small girl was bullied by her fellow classmates , and that's not the story of one but many more girls.

A family despised by the whole neighbourhood for their “colour” . 

It's quite amusing to still watch one side of the whole, talk about equality and justice while the other side is still struggling to love themselves.

Khoudia Diop, a 19-year-old student and model from Senegal, has a hard time coming up with words to describe it. It's so dark, she says, it almost seems blue. She posed in a photo campaign with black women of all shades for The Colored Girl, a group that challenges society's beauty standards.

Diop's pride in her skin has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to follow her on Instagram. Diop, a college student majoring in business in New York City, modelled in a fashion exhibit in October, and now she's working with her agency to find ways to bring dark-skinned girls to the catwalk.

Let's talk about what it is today?

The 10th December is celebrated worldwide as Human Rights Day to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on this day in 1948. It was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a global standard to protect and promote human rights irrespective of caste, gender, colour, creed, language, political belief or any other status.

Human Rights Day is an important day for the Government of India as India is one of the founding members of the UN as well as an original signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha which seeks to amend the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The amendments were made to strengthen the Human Rights Institutions of India.

When we say human rights we are most likely to talk about colour but it includes more than that. It also talks about the women who walked out of the plants on 7 June 1968 in support of a claim that would not only pay them the difference but that would recognise their skills and put them on a higher grade.

About that one boy who is crying sitting at the last bench because his friends eve-teased him saying “he's not a man”, to when he grows up he's not applicable for being the CEO just because he's again not “man enough”.

Let's all celebrate human rights day together, let's fight against all these barriers.

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