For 15 years, youth for human rights has circled the globe to make human rights a fact. The 16th annual World Educational Tour 2019 is now underway.
LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The 16th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour is circling the globe to make human rights a reality. This year, the tour will participate in conferences and meet with officials, educators and nongovernmental organizations in Angola, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States.
The urgency of promoting human rights is clear in light of these statistics:
- According to the World Bank, 3.4 billion people — nearly half the world’s population — live in poverty.
- UNESCO reports that 264 million children are denied access to education.
- The International Labor Organization estimates 40 million people are victims of modern slavery.
- Forty-two percent of the world’s population is younger than 25. They are hardest hit by the world’s inequalities and injustices.
These and other urgent human rights issues have prompted Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, president of Youth for Human Rights International, to carry out annual world educational tours, because she believes in the importance of meeting with people in their own countries to observe the issues and challenges that they face and to encourage their efforts. Dr. Shuttleworth conducted the first World Educational Tour in 2004. She has visited 90 countries in the name of human rights.
World Tour 2019 will feature five major conferences:
- Conference on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva
- 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Taiwan
- 5th Latin American Regional Conference in Mexico
- U.S. National Human Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
- 7th South Asia Regional Human Rights Conference in Nepal
The purpose of YHRI is to inspire youth to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace by teaching them about the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
For more information, visit the Youth for Human Rights International website.
Source: Youth for Human Rights International