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Join our campaigns for Article 25

Please find more information below about our current initiatives, events and other ways to get involved. 

Sign up to join us on demonstrations

On this page you can sign up to join us on demonstrations; download campaign materials; invite us to give a talk at your local group or university; and view a list of upcoming events that STWR will host or attend. 

Read more about the campaign

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 25 is one of the 30 articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”.

Still today, millions of people subsist without adequate means for survival. Around 46,000 people die every day from easily preventable and poverty-related causes, while global humanitarian needs have never been higher since the end of the Second World War. Even in the wealthiest nations, we are witnessing a dramatic rise in levels of hunger, deprivation, social exclusion and economic inequality.

Yet there is enough food and resources in the world for everyone to enjoy a dignified and fulfilling life, with the basics guaranteed. Just the amount spent on the world’s military exceeds the annual incomes of the poorest half of humanity. A tiny percentage of global GDP could end the scourge of extreme poverty, if every nation cooperated to share the world’s resources under the auspices of the United Nations.

This will never happen unless unprecedented numbers of people unite behind a single, overarching demand for governments to implement Article 25 as an effective international law. It will require continuous, peaceful demonstrations on behalf of the least advantaged members of the human family, wherever they may live—both in our countries and far abroad. The time has come to forge a huge united public voice, one that has the potential to reorder global priorities and empower the United Nations to truly represent “we the people” of the world.

Join us under the banner of Article 25

In the UK, our campaign group Share The World’s Resources (STWR) is participating in demonstrations for economic and social justice by highlighting the cause of Article 25. Please join us by attending national events that relate to the fundamental rights for adequate food, housing, healthcare and social security for all. This might include, for example, anti-austerity marches, calls for diverting military budgets to social needs, demonstrations for the right to housing and universal healthcare, or mobilisations on behalf of free public education, a living wage, decent work, and so on. 

For those who live in other countries, you can also participate in relevant demonstrations under the banner of Article 25, or organise your own protest activities and awareness-raising events. We are still at the early stages of growing a global movement that upholds the basic rights of every human being to an adequate standard of living—so please get in touch and let us know your plans. 

Let’s unite and together organise a historic mass movement for Article 25 beyond borders!

To learn more about our vision of worldwide demonstrations around the fundamental rights of Article 25, you can read our flagship publication: “Heralding Article 25: A people’s strategy for world transformation.”

Read the book for free online, or purchase a copy from our online shop

Join our postcard project

We are currently running a postcard campaign in the United States with a group of co-workers.

The aim is to send a large number of Article 25 postcards - signed by members of the public with a personal message - to progressive individuals and groups who are already talking about social injustice and poverty on the lines of Article 25.

This is an ongoing campaign that provides us with a simple method of sparking discussions with people about our vision of unified global demonstrations, from family and friends in our social networks to attendees at relevant events.

We also hope that the recipients of the cards – such as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rev. William Barber (the Poor People's Campaign) – will be prompted by the mailing campaign to directly engage with the cause of heralding Article 25 and sharing the world’s resources.

Please contact us to find out more and join the initiative. 


Events

Please revisit this page soon for upcoming events that relate to the cause of Article 25...

STWR talk at Cambridge University: Reclaiming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

STWR talk at Kent University on the importance of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 12th November 2018

STWR talk at Kingston University: Reclaiming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for 'we the peoples of the United Nations': 5th November 2018

NHS at 70: Free, for all, forever: 30th June 2018

TUC national demonstration: "Step up for public services": May 2018

Green Party spring conference: 4th March 2018

View more past events...

Please get in touch with us if you are involved in any other events that relate to the cause of Article 25 - for adequate food, housing, healthcare and social security for all - and we will add them to our events page

If you would like us to host a talk at your group or university about our campaign for Article 25, please also get in touch