We Stand for Human Rights

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, former UNA Board Chairwoman and Human Rights Champion

Be a Human Rights Champion

Now more than ever, we must stand up for basic rights and fundamental freedoms at home and around the world. In partnership with UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), we ask citizens, leaders, and advocates to take this pledge:

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you.
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined, so I will STAND UP.
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.
Sign the Pledge


UNA Members Standing Up For Human Rights

Through our partnership that was launched with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNA has empowered thousands of Americans across the country to Stand Up for Human Rights. Through advocacy, programming, and community events, our network of chapters confronted some of the most pressing human rights challenges facing their communities, while also celebrating the progress that has been made.


Our Human Rights Impact

In June 2018, 500 UNA champions delivered a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to every single Congressional office on Capitol Hill, sending a powerful and timely message to lawmakers: Now more than ever, we must recommit to protecting human rights at home in the U.S. and around the world.

Throughout October 2018, UNA chapters around the nation held over 120 events to celebrate the 70th Anniversary, and sent over 800 messages to Capitol Hill, urging representatives in Congress to cosponsor a human rights resolution.
We took the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on a trip across America. With the help of our UNA chapters in local communities and on college campuses, we educated diverse audiences on the importance of this historic document. Scroll through our photo gallery to see where we took the UDHR!


Human Rights

UNA Members are Championing Human Rights

Young Americans in Action

WFUNA 2019 Human Rights Training

UNA National Capital Area Chapter Talks Human Rights on the Radio

Chapter Spotlight

Meet the Female Flash Mob who Put Gender Equality Center Stage for their City Council

Human Rights

Why I Have Pride in My Hometown

Human Rights

Behind the Scenes: Universal Periodic Review Sessions at the 2019 Global Leadership Summit

Seeing Through the Eyes and Stories of Refugees

Chapter Spotlight

‘We’re not for Sale’ — a March on Human Trafficking