2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a series of articles through which the United Nations sought to clarify the basic freedoms that should be enjoyed by all human beings. That document remains an important part of the U.N.’s fabric, and so the international organization has decided to ensure that people around the world are able to understand. It has teamed up with Showbox, a company that offers branded video solutions for its partners, on a project that will translate articles of the UDHR into dozens of world languages.
The project invites each participant to read the UDHR, pick an article from it, and record a video retelling of that article in his or her native language. So far, representatives from 26 different countries have recited their articles of choice in a total of 25 different languages. Volunteers have come from every corner of the globe, ranging from Benin to Palestine to Thailand.
With its U.N. project, Showbox hopes to create an education database that can help spread the UDHR’s message worldwide. “We are so proud to have developed technology that is helping the UN increase global awareness for human rights,” said Effi Atad, Co-Founder and CEO of Showbox, in a press release. “We can’t think of a better use of our technology than helping the UN engage with people around the world about human rights.”
To add your own recitation of a UDHR article to this project, register here.