UN Moldova announces Human Rights Awareness Raising Campaign “Recover Better Together: Human Rights For All"
If humanity ever needed reminding that we live in an interconnected world, the COVID-19 pandemic did exactly that. No country can tackle this global challenge alone, and no part of our societies can be disregarded, if we are to effectively rise to this challenge.
COVID-19 is a test not only of our health-care systems and mechanisms for responding to infectious diseases, but also of our ability to work together as a community of nations with solidarity and cooperation to tackle the virus. At the same time it is also about mitigating the effects, often unintended, of measures designed to halt the spread of COVID-19, as respect for human rights across the spectrum is fundamental to the success of the public health response.
Everyone has been facing some limitations on our fundamental human rights during the pandemic – the right to freedom of movement, the right to education, and the right to work to mention a few. Many marginalized groups, who were already vulnerable to human rights violations prior to COVID-19, have become even more vulnerable, facing difficulties in accessing their right to health, right to social protection, and right to participation among others.
Women survivors of domestic violence, persons living in poverty, persons with disabilities, single parents, Roma and other minorities people, families with multiple children and older persons people are among the vulnerable groups that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
To raise public awareness of the rights of each individual, as well as of the interdependence and indivisibility of our universal human rights, the UN Moldova agencies are launching the human rights awareness campaign “Recover Better Together: Human Rights For All", under the guidance of The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) in Moldova that is the leading UN entity on human rights.
During the campaign, members of marginalized groups as well as others particularly effected by the pandemic will reflect upon the human rights situation. Posters and comics will complement the campaign to illustrate human rights, their interdependence, and direct impact on the quality of life.
Simon Springett, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Moldova, explained that “the campaign will look at the impact that COVID-19 is having on all spheres of human rights, and will touch upon how to recover better in the context of COVID-19’s response, while keeping human rights at the core of recovery”.
The campaign will last two months until 10 December when the world celebrates the Human Rights Day. It can be followed on the official social media accounts (Fb and Twitter) of the UN Moldova and its agencies.