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BRUSSELS – The European office of Youth for Human Rights International (YHR) is concerned by the respect and the dignity of the women as celebrated on 8 March 2009 and supports the Blue Heart campaign. YHR considers that the best way to end off these discriminations is to basically educate the young people about their rights, so they will be able to claim for them in their country and also put them in application. To make these rights easily known, YHR is proposing to the public an educative DVD illustrating, by 30 video clips, the 30 basic articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The UDHR was adopted on 10 December 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Assembly asked all the members countries to disseminate broadly the text and make sure it was read and explained in schools and other educative establishments. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted on 18 December 1979 and entry into force on 3 September 1981.

Despite that, the 2008 Report of Amnesty International clearly evidenced that over the world violence against women remained largely unaddressed, sexual violence and rape are still widespread, women continued to be trafficked and many remain subordinate in status. More than 2 million people are still used for human trafficking. “There is a lot of ignorance about modern slavery. There is also a lot of good will to fight it” stated Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, at the launching of the Blue Heart Campaign in Vienna (5 March 2009).

The only solution is to educate the children about the basic UDHR and YHR is proud to align its initiative of promoting to the public its DVD illustrating the 30 articles of the UDHR not only to support the Blue Heart campaign but also to comply with the directive from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Navanethem Pillay, to make 2009 the International Year of Human Rights Learning. This will contribute to build a world where human beings : women, children and men can live in peace, respect and dignity.

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Mots clés : femme - humanitaire -