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.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 21 (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.