I am very pleased this year Human Rights will be our theme for Blog Action Day on October 16, 2013.

We chose it Human Rights for two reasons. Firstly it is very topical at the moment – our news and social media channels have been full of instances of people’s Human Rights not being upheld or protected. Secondly, you you asked for it.

Earlier in 2013, over 800 Blog Action Day participants suggested and voted for ideas for this year’s theme. Many of the many suggestions made, it seemed that ideas that feel under the banner of Human Rights were the most popular. In particular issues around slavery, trafficking and persecution.

So how will you cover Human Rights for Blog Action Day on October 16? It’s a theme that has many angles, and over the coming months, Blog Action Day will be working with partner organisations around the world to ensure our participants get access to information, interviews, activities, videos, images, audio, data and conversations that will make your Blog Action Day post a powerful part of the global conversation.

The first thing you need to do is register to take part in Blog Action Day. We encourage everyone to register their blog so we can keep you updated with great content, opportunities and ideas from our partners that you can to include in your Blog Action Day post. Also, we list all of the participants on our website so you can connect with other bloggers and will be providing official participant badges that you can add to your site.

If you already know how you want to talk about Human Rights for Blog Action Day, leave a comment, as it might help someone who isn’t sure of what to cover or you may even find someone to work with on your blog.

If you need to find out more about Human Rights, I suggest the best place is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I will leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”