Speak Truth to Power is a human rights education program founded by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The program introduces students to influential human rights defenders through powerful storytelling and interactive learning to inspire passion and action to end and prevent human rights abuses and violations around the world.
RFK Human Rights, in partnership with Discovery Education, provides educators with flexible, standards-aligned digital resources, designed to educate, engage and inspire the next generation of human rights defenders.
Human beings around the world, regardless of age, gender, religion, cultural background, or socioeconomic status, share a set of basic rights and freedoms simply because they are human. These include the right to food and shelter, to work and to rest, to own property and start a family, and to the freedom of thought and expression, among many others. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, consists of 30 articles that identify and explain these rights and call on all governments to promote and defend them.
Human rights education builds awareness, empathy and understanding of the basic rights shared by all people. But that is only the beginning. Every day, people around the world have their rights violated -by invading armies, their own governments, their employers or even their families. Human rights education, at its best, engages and empowers students, helping them to recognize and value their own power in making a difference, as they become the next generation of human rights defenders.
Interactive Defenders Map
Explore Human Rights with the Interactive Defenders Map
Courageous men and women around the globe are willing to speak up and defend the rights of others, often at their own risk. Through The Defenders: An Interactive Map you can explore the stories of some of the world’s most influential human rights defenders.
Video Vignettes and Classroom Activities
Meet the Defenders and Hear Their Stories
Speak Truth to Power human rights defenders tell their unforgettable stories in the “In Their Own Words” video series. Each video is accompanied by a classroom activity that challenges students to explore these remarkable stories and consider actions they can take in defending human rights.