Peaceful Activism

Youth Discussion Activity: Human Rights

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This is a simple but effective way to start a discussion on human rights. It plays into the sense of what it means to us as individuals and how we can hold this outwards to other people. It is a non-competitive game and the best outcome to end the game is to reject playing it after discussion. -An act of activism. Preparation:1) Print the image below with the cards, or create your own with the same or similar text. (Each text element is a direct reference to a right prescribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can also...

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Art and Human Rights the need for partnerships.

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Refugees rescued from the sea. Watercolour on paper, 2019   Art opens our eyes. Throughout history we have been able to read the social and political history when it has been captured in a painting. More than this, the great artists used art as a way to tell stories, to share their own views and ideas. They inspire us to evaluate the human condition. We have advanced our sciences, medical knowledge and our technology has enhanced our lives and totally changed the way we communicate. But, this has also intensified the threats to human rights. We are witnessing the 75...

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Clean Environment is a Human Right to come

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Sadly, during the past century, the environment of planet earth has been attacked. In some places habitats have been destroyed, in many places, irreparable damage has been done to its forests. The overall effect on Earth’s delicate environment has been devastating - particularly since the systems that would help the process of restoring vegetation will take much longer as they are still under attack. For this reason, what is left must be protected and efforts made to reverse the effects of Climate Change must focus on a re-working of the economy to the benefit of the environment. Personally the first...

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Closing the Gap Between Rich and Poor

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Our world is increasingly interdependent, but I wonder if we truly understand that our interdependent human community has to be compassionate; compassionate in our choice of goals, compassionate in our means of cooperation and our pursuit of these goals. The first of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is No.1 NO POVERTY it is an interesting choice to start the goals, but perhaps the most meaningful and one we are slowly on the path to achievement. The awesome power that economic institutions have acquired in our society, and the distressing effects that poverty, and specifically generational poverty continues to wreak,...

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Improving Observance of Human Rights

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I’m often told I don’t speak up for my own work and my own experiences around the world championing human rights, and there is a reason for this. I aim for detachment. This concept of being detached and non-sentimental or judgemental is something that doesn’t mean uncaring, it means being ready to act in a compassionate way without any psychological hinderance and most importantly without politics.  Internationally, our rich diversity of cultures, religions and sciences help to strengthen fundamental human rights in all communities. This is a fact, and for me perhaps the most profound spiritual message you can find...

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