Today is Bloggers Unite for Human Rights Day, even amnesty international has joined in. I’m sure you will read a lot about all different kinds of countries, organisations and individuals, who in one way or another violate human rights. I want to talk to you about a different form of human rights violations, the kind we all experience almost every day.
I’m not talking about the fact that the US government and others have decided that there are humans of a “lesser” kind, also called illegal combatants. Even so this is a very slippery slope into a 1940 Nazi-Germany kind of situation, and takes the moral high-ground away from us in our legitimate fight against terrorism.
I’m talking about sexism in our society, in our businesses, in our schools and universities. This is going on in countries who have signed the declaration of human rights and violate their legal and spiritual obligation on a daily basis.
Tragically sexism is not only directional from male to female, it is happening also from female to male, male to male and female to female.
Many forms of human rights violations are so horrendous that they will quite rightly dominate the majority of todays postings, but next time we all criticize anyone for human rights violations, maybe we should spend a few seconds reflecting on our own actions.
Sexism hurts and injures people every day – let us finally change it. –ST.