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2019 The Me Too movement

Every human being has the right to walk through this life with their full humanity in tact. Part of the work of the Me Too movement is the restoration of that humanity.

2018 Professor Joseph Stiglitz

Inequality is created. We know the economic and social policies with which we can build a better world. The challenge today is our politics.

2017 Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is our call to action. It is a tool to reimagine a world where Black people are free to exist, free to live, and a tool for our allies to show up for us.

2016 Naomi Klein

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’re ever going to get to build a better world?

2015 Dr George Gittoes AM

I’d rather send an army of musicians, artists, painters and communicators, than battalions of soldiers with their guns

2013 Dr Cynthia Maung

For communities to start to heal and move towards peace after decades of conflict and oppression, civil society must be strong

2010 Dr Vandana Shiva

You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you

2009 John Pilger

Peace is only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly

2008 Patrick Dodson

Leadership is an elusive concept, hard to describe and impossible to prescribe. It is more evident in its absence, so that when leadership is needed, its lack is sorely felt

2007 Hans Blix

Disarmament by war and democracy by occupation are difficult prospects

2006 Irene Khan

There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights

2005 Olara Otunnu

The time has come to make the protection of all our children a common cause that can unite us across our political orientation, religious affiliation and cultural traditions

2004 Arundhati Roy

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing

2002 Mary Robinson

Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people, they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation

1999 Archbishop Desmond Tutu

There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in

1998 Professor Muhammad Yunus

Poverty is the absence of all human rights. To build stable peace we must find ways to provide opportunities for people to live decent lives