Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education

An exhibition created through the collective effort of civil society, governments and intergovernmental organizations

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What can we do to contribute to creating a society that promotes human dignity and works to embrace equality, inclusion and respect for diversity?

The exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” raises awareness of the vital role of human rights education in promoting dignity, equality and peace and in preventing human rights violations and abuses. It was created to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

Human rights education not only equips learners with knowledge of human rights, it fosters the development of values, attitudes and behaviors that empower people to take action to defend and promote human rights, democracy and rule of law.

As well as exploring the concepts of human rights and human rights education, the 25-panel exhibition presents stories of how human rights education has led to transformation and empowerment in the lives of individuals and communities in Australia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Portugal and Turkey. The exhibition also examines what ordinary citizens and civil society organizations can do to nurture a culture of human rights.

The exhibition was co-organized by the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) together with HRE 2020, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning and the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, with thanks to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

For further information about the availability of this exhibition for educational use, please send an email to contact[at] The exhibition is currently available in English, French, Japanese and Korean.

[March 2017]