Human Rights Day December 10th

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Human Rights Day is observed on December 10th each year, and the goal of this UN organized campaign is to recognize the work of global defenders of human rights who fight to end all types of discrimination. These individuals can act alone or organize community groups to pursue campaigns which promote equitable laws and end discrimination.

They also work to support victims of discrimination and investigate human rights violations around the world. Some of these activists have gained international renown for their work, but many others choose to remain anonymous as they dedicate their daily lives to helping others, often at great risk to themselves and their loved ones.

Many of these people are highly educated and possess special skills in law, medicine, education and other fields. Others have very little education but share a strong commitment to human rights promotion and protection.

Here is a major social enterprise that is working to improve human rights worldwide!

Hagar USA Human Rights

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Hagar USA is an international nonprofit organization that is committed to empowering women and children who have been victims of human rights violations. The organization is dedicated to helping these victims to recover and reintegrate into their communities, helping them to overcome sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence.

The organization was first established in 1994 in Cambodia, and has since launched programs in both Vietnam and Afghanistan in 2009. Due to pressing social needs, Hagar has found themselves serving ever more victims of human trafficking. The work of the organization was recognized in 2004 by the US State Department, which named its found as one of 6 global heroes for his organization’s work to fight modern day slavery and exploitation of women and children. Hagar offers long term services which are tailored to meet the individual needs of victims, helping them overcome trauma and truly heal.

Hagar’s work in social entrepreneurship & human rights in Afghanistan began in 2008, and was the first step in the organization’s expansion beyond Cambodia. Hagar registered with the government, assembled a small staff, and began assessing gaps in existing services and lining up potential local and global partners. One partnership was formed early on with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Through this partnership, Hagar was able to establish shelter services for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the country. Many mothers were able to bring their children here to escape fro abuse, and an even greater number of children arrived alone, the victims of trafficking, abuse and abandonment. Hagar continues to raise the standard for care of human rights victims in Afghanistan.