Fast Facts On: “Human Rights”

Before you’re a man or woman, rich or poor, black, white or somewhere in between, you are a human. As members of humanity, it is our job to not only ensure our own right to life and happiness but all members of humanity.  Just as important as giving back to those less fortunate is also respecting the rights of those less fortunate to move forward.  Because the reality is no human is above the harsh realities that life presents, as Sandy demonstrated. The other day, Erin was telling me about a man on the train who was soliciting money and food.  The lady sitting next to her said, “That was me” and proceeded to tell her about how she was displaced due to Sandy; living out of one garbage bag. Groups of people here in America and all over the world are disenfranchised everyday and need a voice.  Of course being all about world peace and human rights at the United Nations, there’s a holiday to celebrate just this!  And that day is today, also known as Human Rights Day :-) According to the UN site:

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as the main UN rights official, and her Office play a major role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observance of Human Rights Day. The Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, consists of a preamble and 30 articles, setting out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction.”

So today in honor of acknowledging all humans worldwide, we have fast facts on “Human Rights Around The World”:

  • Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive violation of human rights in the world today.
  • Discrimination against women and girls is an important basic cause of malnutrition. The very high rates of child malnutrition and low birthweight throughout much of South Asia are linked to such factors as women’s poor access to education and their low levels of participation in paid employment, compared with other regions.
  • More than 1 million children, mostly girls, are forced into prostitution every year.
  • Disabled persons constitute 10% of the world’s population.
  • 79% of the indigenous people in Peru are poor, and more than half live in extreme poverty.
  • Some 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are currently working, according to the International Labour Office (ILO). Of this total, some 120 million children are working full-time. Some 61% of child workers (153 million) are found in Asia; 32% in Africa and 7% in Latin America.
  • 2 million girls each year are at risk of genital mutilation – approximately 6,000 per day.
  • Some 160 million children are moderately or severely malnourished. Some 110 million are out of school.
  • At least 500,000 children a year are left motherless by death in childbirth.
  • Over 1.3 billion people in developing countries make ends meet with less than 1 dollar per day.
  • Women comprise 70% of the world’s poor.

Happy “Giving Back not only money but dignity” :-) xx

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