Promoting Civic Engagement

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill actively partners with stakeholder groups to engage all sectors of the community in human rights education by providing forums such as lectures, workshops, seminars and open dialogues aimed at building a universal culture of tolerance, inclusion and social activism.

UDHR Cities Initiative

Through the UDHR Cities Initiative, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center continues to build community coalitions working together to foster a world of dignity and respect for all.

Cities around the United States are reaffirming their commitment to this milestone document seeking to protect human rights. They are taking action to ensure a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.

Partners in affirmation:

Phoenix, AZ
Rochester, NY
Charlotte, NC
Yonkers, NY
Fayetteville, AK
Salem, OR
Austin, TX
Buena Park, CA
Milwaukee, WI
La Palma, CA
Tucson, AZ
Beaverton, OR
Cincinnati, OH
San Francisco, CA
Honolulu, HI
Allentown, PA

UDHR Schools Initiative

Eleanor Roosevelt believed that human rights education should begin at an early age. To that end, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center is engaging with partners across the U.S. to promote cultural literacy and social justice. These collaborations empower young people to affect change through awareness, advocacy, and activism, while developing critical thinking, writing and media literacy skills.

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Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 16 (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.