Program to Celebrate Universal Human Rights Day on Jan. 16

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Provided by Prince William County

The Prince William County Human Rights Commission will celebrate Universal Human Rights Day virtually on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:00 a.m. The theme of the program is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights.”

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.
The day will include the annual presentation of the Human Rights Awards given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. The 2020 winners are Aaron Tolson; Helen Zurita; Lisa Shea; Immigrants First, PLLC; Lisa Ullrich and Jerome Hughes; Masks for Humanity; MurLarkey Distilled Spirits; and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.—Dale City-Prince William County Chapter.
The community is invited to share in this important celebration. Prior to the ceremony, the Human Rights Office will provide a link to participate in the virtual program. To attend, please RSVP by Jan. 13 to the Human Rights Office at 703-792-4680, or email
The United Nations declared Universal Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
More information about the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Office can be found on the County’s website.

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