A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realising human rights.
From Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, Maria Soosai Selvaraj, National
Programme Coordinator for the Institute of Human Rights Education says
that "each child can make a change through practising human rights
values." In addition to learning about the Indian Constitution, the
children develop an understanding of the rights of the child, and the
principles of non-discrimination and equality, and how these apply to
their daily lives.
In the state of Victoria, Australia, a human
rights project monitors all aspects of policing and educates Victoria
Police employees on human rights. "Human rights training forms part of
our foundation training programme now," explains Charlie Allen, an
inspector. "Recruits marching into the academy or going into the academy
for their training phase do initial education in human rights."
Turkey, the human rights education programme for women consists of
weekly workshops. Women learn about their human rights and the laws that
protect these rights. Mujcan Guneri, a human rights trainer, says that
"the women they reached through this training programme, who have come
to realize their value as individuals, have all taken steps forward.
They begin to see the next step. They engage more with people and take
better advantage of the opportunities offered by the state." "Some go
back to school. Some return to work life," she adds.
message in the documentary film is that "one person can make a
difference" in solving problems in society. Human rights education can
transform people’s lives, empowering individuals on a path to dignity
and bring about positive change in their respective communities and
societies. In this sense, human rights education plays a fundamental
role in ensuring equality and equal opportunities, combating
discrimination and preventing human rights violations.
A Path to Dignity is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish and be can be viewed online at www.path-to-dignity.org. The film is also available on DVD.
The documentary film was produced jointly by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), Soka Gakkai
International (SGI) and the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and was directed by filmmaker