Today is Human Rights Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the progress the human rights movement has made and to remind us to work harder to achieve equal human rights for everyone around the world.
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration lists basic human rights such as the right to equality, the right to education, the right to own property, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to an adequate living standard, and the right to social security.
Several of these rights closely relate to the mission behind The Little Market, the nonprofit and online shop I started with my close friend Hannah Skvarla.
When we started The Little Market, we knew we wanted to help as many artisan partners as we could throughout the world and that each product should be a fair trade product. Our artisan partners have fair trade practices in place, which ensures a proper, productive, and safe environment for the skilled and talented artisans we work with. This is extremely important to me and to Hannah.
Our website provides our partners with the opportunity to reach a wider range of shoppers and to sell their fair trade goods in a larger marketplace. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, The Little Market ensures that we work with artisan partners who provide a safe work environment, a living wage, and a variety of programs that advance professional skills, education, and healthcare. Every purchase of our fair trade products translates into significant and meaningful change and allows customers to give a gift that gives back to the artisans who created them.
While progress has been made for the advancement of human rights, there is much more that can be done. As humans, we all deserve to have the same basic rights. It is important to reflect on our common humanity and to speak up for the rights of others. We can all help to achieve meaningful advances in human rights and to support the rights that we should all be able to share each and every day.
How is Human Rights Day meaningful to you?
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