In his speech at the international youth for humanrights summit held at the heaquaters of United Nations in New york, the global president of AIDO Network international taught the youth, the importance of understanding their fundamental human rights.
“There is still a great need to educate people about their basic human rights so as to empower them with the knowledge and the voice to ask for their rights when being denied!” His Highness Paul Jones Eganda said.
Human rights are the fundamental liberties and entitlements that belong to everyone, simply because they are human beings, irrespective of their background, nationality, gender, or beliefs. They embrace the essential freedoms necessary for human dignity, equality, and justice.
“Even though human rights are entitlements of humanity, sadly most people go without their basic rights simply because they do not know what their rights are!” He continued.
“Even those who know might not know where their rights stop consequently encroaching on the rights of others. This imbalance has caused misunderstandings. ” he added.
Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15-24years accounting for 16percent of the world population.
By 2030, the target date of UNs sustainable development Goals (SDGs) that make up the 2030 agenda, the number of youths is projected to have grown by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion people.
This indicates an increase in the world population made up of mostly the youth which means the more the people the higher the challenges, to address these challenges we need more education about our human rights, especially among the youth.
“By empowering our youth, we nurture a generation of leaders who are equipped to address societal challenges with courage and resilience.” H.H Paul Jones Eganda said.
He added that teaching human rights is a transformative process that empowers individuals and, in turn, their entire communities.
“Therefore, we encourage our youth to become agents of change working towards a more equitable world.” the AIDO global president said.
Educating people about human rights instils a deep sense of empathy and understanding. It cultivates a mindset that embraces diversity and celebrates our common humanity.
When we understand the principles of human rights, we develop the ability to respect and appreciate the unique identities and perspectives of others. This empathy serves as the foundation for building inclusive communities where every individual is valued, and their rights are protected.
“Therefore, it is very important for you as youth to take an active role and continue upholding justice by being the voice of the voiceless as our advocates for human rights in your communities.” he continued.
He expressed his gratitude for Aido Network International the organization that he leads to be working in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International under the leadership of Dr Mary Shuttleworth to ensure that the youth are equipped with the vital knowledge and tools for the advancement of human rights education.