Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Blog Action Day is today!
Hello friends and Zazzlers!
For several years in a row I participated in Blog Action Day. This year I was not aware of the date until a few minutes ago when I looked into my email box! I got a reminder. So here I am joining the initiative in the last minute! This year the theme chosen is HUMAN RIGHTS.
We must keep discussing Human Rights even if we think that we live in a country that have respects Human Rights.I believe that we can't take it for granted. Because nothing is permanent. But if we think we are doing fine, then we can allways fight for those who are suffering violations of their rights somewhere else. There are lots of ways to do that. The first thing is too look for information. Where are the abuses taking place? Who are the victims? What organizations are there to help? Then if we have a blog we can write about it to raise awareness. We pick a cause and stick with it, we learn about it and spread information about it. In some countries there are terrible violations occurring and no sign of stopping. Those people need our voice! Enforcement of Human Rights by the UN or forces acting under its authority is not effective. I believe that common people can make a change. Individuals are the first line of defense for Human Rights. It starts with one developing a strong conscience about it. If not we will not be able to compel governments to respect human rights through popular pressure. We need to educate children to human rights. That must start at home, then proceed in school. Then outside school.
Amnesty International- Portugal is organizing the 14º Youth Work Meeting on Human Rights right now. It's an initiative that brings together young people from around the country to discuss and share experiences in the area of Human Rights. It will take place in Albufeira, Algarve, between 7th and 14th of November. The programme includes group work and a street action aiming to understand how youngers can contribute to raising awareness on Human Rights. The issues that will be addressed in this meeting are the role of youth activism, discrimination and freedom of expression.
What is Blog Action Day? Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food and the Power of We, with over 25,000 blogs taking part since 2007.