Why Human Rights?

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual and are inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. In short, human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death.

THE WHY wants to ensure that all people have free access to fact-based, independent media. We do this by producing and distributing human rights-centred documentary films globally, with a focus on targeting the almost 800 million people who remain illiterate, and the 3.1 billion people who still have no access to reliable internet.

Toilet roll with HUMAN RIGHT written on it.
Still from 2016 short Benefits of a Toilet directed by Simon Nørredam and narrated by Helen Mirren as part of our docuseries WHY WOMEN?
Filmmaker filming young Chinese student
Still from Please Vote for Me from our docuseries WHY DEMOCRACY?

Storytelling innovation and spreading information

The films are being used in an effort to reach those vulnerable to human rights violations. Through these films, we reach millions of people at all levels of society, engaging them in dialogues about human rights and democratic values. Using thought-provoking documentary films, we advocate for human rights, democracy, justice and equality. Sharing stories about human rights is one of the first steps toward raising awareness about injustice and encouraging social and political action.

Monika Wakana, screening facilitator from Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, an organisation based in Burundi, said:  

“The films inspired our team which then resulted in social changes linked to fundamental human rights and to the mobilisation of public opinion to defend them.”

THE WHY also focuses on our online community by engaging audiences on human rights issues. Engaging the online community is central to providing a strong platform for debates and dialogues. By being present online, we create awareness and stay in touch with our audience and partners, allowing us to work together towards strengthening human rights.

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