Diakonia has a vision – for each and every human being to live a dignified existence in a just and sustainable world, free from poverty.
What is human dignity?
Human dignity means that we are all part of God’s Creation and created in His image. Human dignity applies to every single person, irrespective of their religion, gender, ethnic background, skin colour, sexual orientation, language, ideological or political views, origins, property, ancestry or position.
The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasises the rights of the individual. All rights are universal, inseparable and equal. They are interdependent, and together they are necessary for each person to be able to live a life of dignity.
A life in dignity for all
A life of dignity also requires communion. A person cannot live in isolation: life is affirmed through encounters and communion with others. Every person must have the freedom to choose his or her spiritual and cultural communion.
However, all people – whatever lifestyle they choose – also have a personal responsibility for the greater communion. A life of dignity requires that society as a whole works – that it is imbued with trust between people, justice, solidarity and mutual responsibility.