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A Human Rights Pulse.

The story of how I came to learn about WorldPulse can be summarized in a single word, Twitter. Yes, a Web 2.0 platform.
I learned about WorldPulse accidentally, when, browsing my timeline one day, noticed that a user that I followed retweeted a tweet about WorldPulse that invited everyone to click on the link and take a look at what is being offered. I read WorldPulse’s mission statement and decided to join instantly.
As I mentioned in my previous post, after my undergraduate years, I pursued a degree in human rights, and obtained a Master’s Degree in international human rights law from the American University in Cairo exactly three months ago. Coming from a country in which the track record of respect for human rights was less than promising, making the seemingly simple decision of choosing to pursue a human rights degree was a very difficult one. I was surrounded by cynics who believe that human rights are a lofty, unattainable ideal; that it is not worthwhile to “waste” one’s time studying laws that would never materialize in our society. Not only were there cynics to bring me down, but also understandable worries from family and close friends, given the Egyptian state’s many terrifying acts of vengeance taken against human rights activists.
I decided to pursue a degree and a career in human rights, nonetheless, motivated by other factors. The awareness of human rights violations that started to take place in Egypt with the rise of citizen journalism, mainly blogs, brought on a new environment in the country, one in which ordinary people started talking about the new concept of ‘rights.’ The new-fangled interest tickled down to the media and, for the first time, Egyptians watched as talk shows hosted human rights activists and international legal experts to weigh in on the violations committed by the Egyptian state.
I now work in a human rights organization, and constantly have to answer questions such as “so what does a human rights organization really do?” “What do they accomplish?” or “why do we need human rights in our lives?” From answering such questions, I realized that many people simply do not have the knowledge of what human rights is, why they matter, how they changed the world. I also found out that, when they find an answer to their questions, they become instant believers in the human rights cause. After such interactions, I always ask myself, what if I can spread this knowledge? What if I can reach average Egyptians and educate them about rights?
It was at this juncture that I stumbled upon WorldPulse, finally finding a platform that could offer me the opportunity to solidify the understanding of human rights in a country in which such an understanding is lacking. I was enthralled by this platform that was created by a journalist for this reason exactly, namely that the “most important stories are rarely mentioned in the mass media.”

Comments

Zin Zar's picture

Keep on doing!

Hello,MasaAmir!
You are doing a great job .To stand for the human rights is actually difficult but you can .Good !
Even I ,myself , don't know much about human rights .So if you wanna share your experience ,let me know,
right ?
Let's make a friend , OK?
Good Luck!
Zin Zar

MasaAmir's picture

Thank you, Zan Zar! I would

Thank you, Zan Zar! I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Masa.

Zin Zar's picture

Request!

Hi ,Masa !
So I would like to read about international laws of human rights for lady and how different with your county's laws for ladies ?
Especially for marriage life !
Thanks a lot!

Zin Zar

MasaAmir's picture

Zin Zar*

Zin Zar*

HI MasaAmir,
How validated and special you must feel to have chosen to study human rights before the entire country decided that it was human rights they wanted. Good luck with your work and so glad you found World Pulse.

MasaAmir's picture

Thank you very much Joanna

Thank you very much Joanna for your wishes. Indeed it was heartening to see my country revolt against years years of tyranny and oppression, even though there is a long way ahead in establishing a country that respects human rights for all

Zin Zar's picture

Wow!

Wow!
So let me read how and who are revolting !

Those examples may open others' eyes, I hope.
Regards,
Zin Zar

Ibtissam22's picture

GO On!

Bravo Masa. I am always proud of women like you. Women who do not give up their dreams even if everyone around you is trying to get you down! Go ahead! I am sure that you will get whatever you want. We need more women like you in our world. Congrats.

Best,

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Ibtissam

MasaAmir's picture

thank you, Ibtissam! That is

thank you, Ibtissam! That is very kind of you.

earthwindfire's picture

A Human Rights Pulse

Thank you, MasaAmir for this writing. When I think of Cairo, or Egypt, in general, I feel uplifted by the recent success of rebel forces who en masse brought about great changes in the direction of human rights. As you say, a huge amount of courage was actualized because of the threat of vengeance by Mubarak's forces, and what was accomplished by the brave men and women who rose up for democracy will, through future generations, stand out as an example of possiblities in the direction of humaneness in government. To introduce the concept of human rights to people who lived their lives without that expectation or hope, or even comprehension of the idea, is a great contribution. I hope you pat yourself on your back daily for your dedication to an extremely worthwhile cause. And, while you're at it, please add a pat or two or twenty from me.

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