High school students and young adults in Nova Scotia have a new, interactive tool to encourage learning and engage in dialogue about human right issues, thanks to a new national website launching today, Sept. 8. In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, in collaboration with TakingITGlobal and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, developed a website targeted at people age 15 to 35. “Nova Scotia’s future is tied to how well we encourage respect for human rights and diversity,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “This new resource will help the next generation of Nova Scotians play their part in promoting the value of human rights.” The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies is the national association of Canada’s government agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation. As a member of the organization, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is promoting the new website to educators, students and the general public. “This is a great way to get young people to explore human rights issues,” said commission director and CEO Krista Daley. “It challenges them to act in ways that support respect for Nova Scotia’s diverse population.” The website provides an informative and interactive forum for exchanging human rights information, dialogue and ways to take action. Features on the site include discussion boards and an online art gallery. The site is hosted on TakingItGlobal’s website as a featured theme. With more than 200,000 members worldwide, including 20,000 in Canada, TakingItGlobal’s website provides a great platform for promoting the initiative to youth. Young people are encouraged to visit the site to learn more and get involved. To access the site visit at www.takingitglobal.org/themes/udhr60 or click on the link at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights .