The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. While many Skoll social entrepreneurs advance human rights on some level, those that directly address human rights injustices focus on democratic freedoms, gender equality, and labor rights.
Respect and acknowledgement of human rights is the foundation of all major human development indicators. Discrimination, exclusion, abuse of power, and poor rule of law contribute to the structural causes of poverty; corruption and low public investment result from these abuses.iv
Every individual is born into a society where the government diligently and justly protects against persecution based on sex, ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliations. All individuals are granted equal opportunity to participate democratically in political systems and to make their voices heard without fear of retribution.
i SPI Indicators for Personal Rights include: Political rights, Freedom of speech, Freedom of assembly/association, Freedom of movement, and Private property rights.
ii SPI Indicators for Personal Freedom and Choice include: Freedom over life choices, Freedom of religion, Early marriage, Satisfied demands for contraception, and Corruption.
iii SPI Indicators for Tolerance and Inclusion include: Tolerance for immigrants, Tolerance for homosexuals, Discrimination and violence against minorities, Religious tolerance, and Community Safety Net.
iv International Monetary Fund, "Governance, Corruption and Economic Performance", (link)
v Freedom House, "Freedom in the World 2016" (link)
vi Freedom House, "Freedom in the World 2016" (link)
vii World Health Organization, "Violence Against Women" (link)
viii International Center for Research on Women, "Facts and Figures" (link)
ix 2016 Global Slavery Index (link).