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A big need: redefining human rights, so that all humans are *really* included.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so begins:

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

It is worth remembering them, because many Countries, even many of the ones who originally signed it, tolerate these statements are practiced in dramatically incomplete way.

Nowhere in the Declaration it is stated explicitly some people are more human than others. But this is precisely what happens toward women, children, and people of minorities considered "improductive" or an obstacle to profit.

The Declaration has many unwritten parts. Surely, the noble souls who conceived it considered these parts something so obvious that it was safe to leave untold, the shared sense of our humanity surely being able to compensate.

One of these untold points is, in my view, what we intend for "human".

As "obvious" as it may bee, I'd like this definition include women too. The very statement of article 1, in its sacred wish all people in the World act after a sense of brotherhood, is not immediately clear in the form. Does "brotherhood" includes "sisterhood", "parenthood", "responsibility" and "care"? Sure it does, in the intentions of the ones who wrote it. But it is not immediately clear.

What's worse, in actuality a lot of women in the World are abused, raped, killed. Very many are even denied the right to be born, after an imagination of their "lower" value.

Many more are subject to explicit or implicit violence. Blatant, in many cases, and almost covered in others. In my view, if the more covert forms of abuse are taken into account, then the estimate of 1 billion women abused worldwide could be a gross underestimate.

The World, the UN, all nations should take a stand for the Declaration to be really applied to all, women included. A very explicit stand.

And, put this in practice, by ensuring anyone is really endowed the dignity they deserve, and they are guaranteed the right of life, liberty and security.

This tangible engagement, with resources allocated and a detailed actuation plan, would be the best response our Governments can do, instead of a torrent of supportive, but empty, words.

An engagement, I realize, which places humans and their home planet at the center of the political agenda, outplacing other more fashionable themes like "profit", "economic growth", "finance" and the like. But, dear friends politicians, you decided to enter your career out of your choice, in full knowledge to "govern" means always acting out of courage and love, beyond your personal wealth and, yes, security. So I'm confident you will undertake a path of justice.

Love
Mauri

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JaniceW's picture

So powerful

Dearest Mauri,

I have been absent from PulseWire for a while but am back and was delighted to see that you have posted. As in the past, your words are profoundly moving and compelling.

The obstacles in overcoming stereotypes that have been embedded by culture and religion for hundreds of years are indeed great and at times seem insurmountable but we are making progress. I am confident that if we all keep working hard and encouraging each other, we can make a better place for the women and girls of the world.

Everything truly good and worthwhile that has ever happened began with one voice, before it became many. Thank you for being one voice that inspires so many.

Mauri's picture

Thank for your reply!

Janice, dear friend! Thank for your warm reply!

And, thank for your coming back! I was missing your sweetness, warmth, intelligence. I hope to see something beautiful, powerful, and humane, the kind way we are used to when reading your articles.

Maybe, the kind of change we are asked to is a "sweet revolution"? Water droplets are sweet, nourishing beauties, but dropping steadily, one after another, they "do" change. A large part of land is remodeled this way, after all. And maybe, although taking time, this is the "only" way. Ingrained mentalities (about women, children, the Earth, the "others" living in threatened environments..) are widespread, internalized, to the point they are frequently taken for commonsense. Nothing spectacularly war-like is really able to change them, in my view. At "best" it may change the surface, but not the very essence, a large part of which relies on cheating aggressivity and "toughness" as leadership.

Doing the non-spectacular way may take time. But, we're patient, and relentless as Earth herself..

Hugs

Mauri

Mauri's picture

Thank of your reply!

Janice, dear friend! Thank for your warm reply!

And, thank for your coming back! I was missing your sweetness, warmth, intelligence. I hope to see something beautiful, powerful, and humane, the kind way we are used to when reading your articles.

Maybe, the kind of change we are asked to is a "sweet revolution"? Water droplets are sweet, nourishing beauties, but dropping steadily, one after another, they "do" change. A large part of land is remodeled this way, after all. And maybe, although taking time, this is the "only" way. Ingrained mentalities (about women, children, the Earth, the "others" living in threatened environments..) are widespread, internalized, to the point they are frequently taken for commonsense. Nothing spectacularly war-like is really able to change them, in my view. At "best" it may change the surface, but not the very essence, a large part of which relies on cheating aggressivity and "toughness" as leadership.

Doing the non-spectacular way may take time. But, we're patient, and relentless as Earth herself..

Hugs

Mauri

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