The UN Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first and the most fundamental declaration of human rights. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 in Paris.

The declaration applies to all people without exceptions, which means that no individual may be discriminated against or hindered from enjoying his or her human rights. This is one of the cornerstones of the work for human rights and a fundamental principle in all democratic constitutional states.

The articles of the universal declaration apply equally to women and men. The right that one should not be discriminated against based on gender is addressed in Article 2, which reads:

‘Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.’

The freedom and rights expressed in the declaration include the right to equal pay for equal work, the right to education, the right to health and the right to participate and influence the development of society.

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