Human Rights Week
International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Every year in December we recognise and celebrate this day through a week of events, connection, and advocacy. We’ve hosted an annual Oration for over twenty years, highlighting human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of Victorians.
During Human Rights Week, we invite all Victorians to engage in activities and start and continue conversations about human rights.
Make rights real
In 2021, we approached Human Rights Week a bit differently. We encouraged Victorians to participate in a week of action to make rights real – with daily tasks on topics from ableism and ageism to LGBTIQ+ and young people’s rights. The week’s actions are all below.
2021: A week of action for human rights
Human rights across Victoria
To deliver this year’s week of action, we partnered with these Commissions as we all share a vision for a fairer, more inclusive, and respectful Victoria:
2020: Rights in recovery
Victorians reflected on the lessons from the year that was, and explore how a human rights led recovery could help us create a more equal, sustainable and resilient future.
2020 Oration: The Hon. Julia Gillard AC
Julia discussed the impacts of the year that was and discussed how we might use this moment of disruption to build a more connected, resilient and equal society.
2019 Oration: Virginia Trioli
Virginia challenged audiences to question what we have learnt about sex, power and sexual harassment in the last 25 years.