INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY — Supporting Women’s Rights. Day 14. (16/16).

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 1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms..... 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 2 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today is the last day of the #16daysofactivism and also the International Human Rights Day with the theme "Reducing Inequality, advancing human rights". If you've been following the celebration of the internationally recognized dates, you would have noticed a pattern in their themes. The constant factor here is inequality. No solution can work to end gender-based violence without the consciousness of inequality and the need to reduce it.

On this day, I chose to recognize women's rights as human rights. Women should be free and equal in our society. They shouldn't experience discrimination and violence because of their gender. I've identified below ways we can help reduce gender inequality and support women.

1. Learn about gender inequality and gender-based violence. Then educate those around you.
2. Unlearn gender roles and programming and examine your beliefs towards women.
3. Don't make insensitive comments, jokes, or share content that promotes and normalized gender inequality and gender-based violence.
4. Support platforms actively fighting for women's rights, especially those in your local community.
5. Stand against rape culture by refusing to normalize male violence, gender-based violence, and gender inequality.
6. Believe and support survivors.
7. Understand consent.
8. Create safe spaces for survivors to report.
9. Help survivors access health care resources.
10. Be an active bystander.
11. Invest in women.
12. Normalize women in power and encourage women's participation in leadership.
13. End victim-blaming.

The sad reality of human rights violations heavily plagues our society. We know for a fact that no country has achieved gender equality yet, so the campaign doesn't end today. Equality is tied to everything needed for progress in society. Women don't need to go through traumatic events fuelled by inequality. It's unnecessary and we must continue to fight to end it.

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"Surely there is a future [and a reward], And your hope and expectation will not be cut off".
Pro 23:18 AMP

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