Human Rights Day

November 30, 2023

On December 10 we join with organizations around the world in celebrating Human Rights Day. Since it was declared in 1950 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Human Rights Day has served to draw global attention to -and celebrate- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlines a broad range of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights. The Universal Declaration served as the model for our own Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Human Rights Day gives us the opportunity to show solidarity in the fight to protect human rights, and end discrimination and inequity here in Canada and around the world.

The 2023 Human Rights Day theme is “Freedom, Equality and Justice for All”. For the past year, the UN has been celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through their Human Rights 75 Initiative. This campaign showcases the legacy, relevance and activism of the UDHR.

One of ONA's fundamental tasks is to promote and protect the human rights of our members, staff and of all Ontarians. We have embarked on an anti-racism and anti-oppression journey, as part of our ongoing commitment to challenge systemic discrimination in all its forms.

If you’re an ONA member who would like to be more involved in our Human Rights and Equity work, fill out our Expression of Interest Form and let us know if you’re interested in joining our Provincial Human Rights and Equity Team or our Anti-Racism Member Advisory Team.