Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person, regardless of where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe. Human rights are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and having the ability to make genuine choices. Live & Learn's developmental approaches are based on human rights as the foundation of strong communities where everyone can make a contribution and feel included.... At Live & Learn we believe that upholding human rights is essential to achieve sustainable development. Human rights law is binding, and every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties and other instruments, including the Declaration on the Right to Development.
Specifically, Live & Learn works to strengthen the rights of children and women. In partnership with the European Union, Live & Learn developed a peace education resource “Be the Future!” that is now used in schools throughout the South Pacific. Peace is the freedom to pursue our dreams. It is our ability to express ourselves. It is the opportunity to relate to others with understanding, good will and cooperation. We all want peace, but often there are barriers to peace, such as violence, conflict, discrimination and environmental destruction.
Peace education is about children developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence to participate in three main peace building activities:
- Preventing conflict
- Resolving conflict peacefully
- Creating spaces for peace to grow
Live & Learn has also worked to combat commercial exploitation of children and violence against women in remote regions of the Western Pacific through supporting local human rights defenders to build public demand and capacity for protection of human rights of women and children. In Fiji we have worked to test and model new ways of mobilising women in remote areas to be involved in education and advocacy for improved human rights.