For the past six weeks, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been running a public awareness campaign called Make Rights Real. The campaign aims to show how human rights and equality are relevant to people’s everyday lives, and to help people understand their rights.
To mark Human Rights Day 2015 on December 10th, Make Rights Real teamed up with The Irish Times and invited seven well-known authors to contribute a piece of original writing inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their work is being published this week under the banner of Writing Rights.
Eoin McNamee, Nuala O’Connor, Sara Baume, Martina Devlin, Sarah Bannan, Martina Evans and Anakana Schofield have contributed work to Writing Rights, ranging from poetry to creative fiction to factual pieces. Each piece is accompanied by an original image, developed by the Make Rights Real team.
As well as appearing here in The Irish Times, all Writing Rights contributions will also be profiled on the www.makerightsreal.ie website over the coming days.
Each author has chosen an Article of the Universal Declaration as the starting point for their work, and each has taken a very different approach to Writing Rights. We hope you enjoy the results.
Please note: the views expressed in these works are the views of the author, and in no way reflect the views or opinions of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission or The Irish Times.