Culture is a fundamental element of human identity. Protecting cultural rights is essential in creating an equitable society that is made up of a diverse group of people with different languages, religious beliefs, cultural heritage and forms of expressions. Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and share in scientific advancement and its benefits” therefore culture and human rights are inseparable.
At a time when cultural rights and artistic freedoms are under attack, Nhimbe Trust strives to defend the cultural rights and artistic freedoms of all citizens. Through advocacy, Nhimbe Trust aims to strengthen policy responsiveness, ensuring policies, programmes and commitments that are responsive to the needs of creative civil society, artists and cultural professionals affected, and their participation in realizing these policies. While also ensuring citizens have access to all cultural content.
“People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations