‘Express Yourself! Young People Promoting Human Rights and Equality in Ireland Exhibition 2014’ displays student art works highlighting human rights and equality issues in Ireland. The National exhibition organised by Irish Human Right Commission (IHRC) was officially launched on February 27th by Senator Katherine Zappone. The exhibition will run at the Lighthouse Cinema from 27 February to 6 March.
The Senator applauded the young people for giving themselves a voice in the human rights debate.
“You have communicated to us the range of issues that concern you through very striking images and strong statements. You are concerned about the asylum system, homelessness, poverty, racism, marriage equality, bullying, children and young people’s mental health, - their welfare and safety and the urgent need for action to solve these issues. You seek to send very positive messages about the importance of human rights and of treating everyone equally and with respect and the value of diversity in our society.”
Senator, who is a former Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, emphasized the importance of understanding the true meaning of human rights which this project promotes.
“Education about human rights is not just about knowing more facts and figures, it encourages us you to have empathy with others, empowers us to participate and enables us to take action in defence of our rights and those of others; to be active citizens in our schools, communities and in wider society.
“I am very much impressed by your work. Well done!” Senator concluded.