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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.

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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:

Previous events

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.


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission stands on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their cultures, histories, diversity and deep connection to this land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Sovereignty has never been ceded – this land always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.