Hey Buddy, can you spare some human rights?

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. Today’s the day, and global human rights is the topic. 

Amnesty International is Blog Action Day’s partner. When asked for suggestions for Blog Action Day participants, here’s what they said:

Blog about why you care about injustices that happen to other people. What inspires you to take action on their behalf? Why do human rights matter? Most people in the world have experienced injustice at some point in their lives. And it’s these experiences that make us empathise with bad things that happen to other people. When we start to take injustices that happen to other people personally, we often want to do something to change it. So sharing your own journey towards becoming a human rights activist could be really powerful.

I listen to people’s stories. In my own small way, that makes me a human rights activist. Listening has made me more aware of injustice; from small stories of quiet inequality to giant stories of trauma and survival. I return again and again to Louis DeSalvo’s statement, “the difference between victim and survivor is the meaning made of the experience.”

I have occasionally used “True Stories Well Told” to call for action, especially to end violence against women and girls. I have tried to find meaning in the experiences of injustice I hear about. Sometimes bearing witness is enough. Sometimes action is demanded of me. I try to find ways to respond that increase the sum total of joy in the world, not matching anger with anger, hurt with hurt. Finding onebillionrising has been food for my soul.

For Blog Action Day,  personal historian Penne Franklin wrote a post for the Association of Personal Historians’ blog on the right to be heard — the right to tell your story to someone who will really listen. Read “Nurture the Right to be Heard” Historians’ Blog here

Want to do something about human rights? Today, ask somebody the central question from Penne’s post–” ‘What was it like for you, growing up?’ and then listen to what comes up.”

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frauentag_1914_Heraus_mit_dem_Frauenwahlrecht.jpg Tonight I will attend A Fund For Women’s annual fundraiser, and celebrate addressing the injustice in the fact “that less than 5% of all grant funds given across the United States are  given to projects for women and girls.”

Have a happy–and thought-provoking–Blog Action Day, everybody!

-Sarah White

About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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