If citizens were to live in a world where human rights did not exist, the world would be a much more different place than it is today. People would not be able to do a lot of the things they do today because they would be restricted with rules to follow and consequence for disobeying rules. Human rights have developed over many years and have been beneficial towards all of us. Without human rights our world would be a significantly more chaotic than it is today. Human rights allow citizens of a nation to be who they are without fear of being treated badly.
What are human rights?
Principally, human rights entail everyone with the right to have a minimally decent life. Some of the values which the contemporary human rights movement stands for include, universality, equality (non-discrimination), physical security of the person/self & non-violent respect for others, individual liberty, private property rights & material subsistence for all, social recognition of others, and lastly democracy (political participation for all). The first value, universality, means that human rights are all about the rights of everyone in the world and not just a specific ethnic group or nation. Whether a person is Sri Lankan, Chinese, Japanese, Guyanese, Canadian, Jamaican or Hawaiian – all different ethnicities are given human rights. The second value of human rights, as stated earlier, is equality. This value’s main focus is to end discrimination and treat everyone equally no matter who a person may be. The goal is for people to be open-minded about other types of people no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, and religion they are. Instead, human rights encourage the world to embrace our differences instead of discriminating against our differences. All types of people should have the same rights and therefore should all be considered equal. The third value of human rights is physical security. The right of physical security means that everyone should not be violent towards each other. Everyone should respect all human begins and therefore not act in a violent manner towards other human beings. The fourth human rights value is individual liberty. Individual liberty means that every human should have the freedom to be who they want to be and should not be judged for who they are. For example, if a girl likes another girl she should not be treated badly just because of her sexual orientation. Under human rights, she is entitled the freedom to choose who she wants to be and how she wants to live her life. This human rights value states that a human should not be assaulted just because he or she chooses to do something or act a certain way because they have the freedom to do so. The next human rights value is private property rights and material subsistence for all. Private property rights means that everyone is entitled to own their own property. That property that the person owns is there property and therefore cannot be stolen and if it is stolen then that is a violation of human rights. The second part of this value means that all humans should be permitted to a sufficient amount of food to eat and a sufficient amount of water to drink. Also, humans should have the right to pursue a career in which they have chosen and are satisfied with. If a person is forced into a about force that he or she does not approve of then this is a violation of the human rights movement. The second last human rights value is social recognition of others. Social recognition of others means that everyone should be treated as people and no one person should be favored over another. Everyone should have equal rights, everyone in a country should be treated as individual of that country, and every citizen therefore should be treated equally. The last human rights value is democracy. This means that every citizen within a nation should have the right to participate in politics and they live by democracy. Therefore if...
...HumanRights Study Questions
1. Under the heading “Labour Rights as HumanRights” on page 134 of reading 1 (“Labour Rights as HumanRights in the Age of Globalization”), the authors assert that “there are two principal manners to conceive of labour rights.” In the two paragraphs which immediately follow that statement, the authors list differentrights that are encompassed under each of these two approaches. Please identify FOUR kinds of labour rights emphasized under the first approach, and FOUR kinds of labour rights included under the second approach. (W1)
First Principle: Labour rights are often depicted as a subset of the body of civil rights and political freedoms. The state’s role in defending worker’s rights, but workers also need to be protected from the limits of that state. Labour rights are understood by comprising: i) freedom of association ii) freedom from sexual harassment iii) “ discrimination iv) right to human dignity Second Principle: A broader outlook on labour rights. Relies on the state, but also on an active role on the part of the citizenry to advance those entitlements. Based on economic, social and cultural rights. i) the right to work ii) the...
...1 Violence against women is rooted in a global culture of discrimination which denies women equal rights with men and which legitimizes the appropriation of women's bodies for individual gratification or political ends.
* Violence against women feeds off discrimination and serves to reinforce it. When women are abused in custody, when they are raped by armed forces as "spoils of war", or when they are terrorized by violence in the home, unequal power relations between men and women are both manifested and enforced.
* Violence against women is compounded by discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, sexual identity, social status, class, and age. Such multiple forms of discrimination further restrict women's choices, increase their vulnerability to violence and make it even harder for women to obtain justice.
* There is an unbroken spectrum of violence that women face at the hands of people who exert control over them. States have the obligation to prevent, protect against, and punish violence against women whether perpetrated by private or public actors. States have a responsibility to uphold standards of due diligence and take steps to fulfill their responsibility to protect individuals from humanrights abuses.
Violence Against Women : A HumanRights Violation
Violence against women is rampant in all corners of the world. Such violence is a...
...depend on each individual woman, because woman must have a right to protect their body. The woman alone must carry and give birth to this unwanted child, so she alone should also have the right to decide whether the child should live or not. Control over her body and the freedom to decide the course of her life is critical to a woman’s civil rights and since when a woman is pregnant it is her body that goes through all the stress of pregnancy, I believe it is right for her to not have the pregnancy if she decides so, because denying her the right to her body is violating her most basic freedom and her right to a reproductive choice. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, it is the same as forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization. I therefore render this situation as a very emotional gender issue, with regards to woman.
The fact that government does not want to legalize abortion or to give woman complete control over their pregnancy does not make matters any easier, but instead it makes the worse. Illegal abortions are practiced and unfortunately in most cases they put the woman’s life in jeopardy. An estimated population of woman who die from unsafe abortion, shows that nearly 68 000 women risk their life due to certain dangerous and malefic methods. If the government does not want to legalize abortion because they are preserving the child’s...
August 12, 2013
The American Women's Rights Movement in 1848 paved the way for the declaration that revolutionized women's lives. Women demanded equality in all areas of civil, political, economic, and private life. Beginning in the 1960s women felt the need to reform the traditional bias in order to exercise the rights for women in favor of men. Today, America is living the legacy of the great progress women have made in all areas addressed while their earnest quest for full and true equality continues.
Women were thought to be the subservient gender. The ideal woman was silent and submissive; her job was to be docile and obedient; a loving wife who was completely subservient to the men around her. They had to obey their father after they were born, and their husband after they married. The day of most American women consisted of maintaining the house, preparing meals, taking care of the children, helping them with their homework, being the ideal wife, doing the dishes and the laundry all while remaining elegant. Women had very few rights in early twentieth century. Less than a decade later, women began to take a stance on their independence and equal rights.
Beginning of American Women's Rights Movement
On July 9, 1848, Elizabeth Cady...
...Rights For The Aged - Need Of The Hour
* The Background
A massive change has taken place over the past several decades in the demographic area of human population : AGE. In the earlier times high birth rates were partnered by high death rates. Historically, the majority of people on the planet at one time have been aged somewhere in the middle of the then-current age range or have tended to be younger than the median age. However, due to the trend of lower birth rates and lower death rates, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, one out of every ten people on the planet is now 60 years of age or older. If the current trend of lowering birth rates and lowering death rates continues, by the year 2050 one out of five people will be aged 60 years or older and by 2150, one out of every three people will be aged 60 years or older. Additionally, the oldest old are the most rapidly expanding segment of the elderly population. Currently, the oldest old make up 11 percent of the 60+ age group and will grow to 19 percent by 2050.
* A Little Story
The other day Mrs. Khanna went to a general store in order to get some things for her house. Now before getting know what happened next, here is a little background check about Mrs. Khanna, who she is, what does she do and so on. Mrs. Khanna is a 70 year old woman, who lives by the lane in a busy Indian city. She lives alone because her husband died a few years...
...If you were to ask people in the street, “What are humanrights?” you would get many different answers. The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines humanrights as “rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human”. Basically, they are the rights you have simply because you are human. The main sources of the creation of humanrights are the Universal Declaration of HumanRights and the many humanrights documents and treaties that followed in international organizations such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, and the African Union. One problem with humanrights is that people and countries have a different understanding of the term and its protection. Many types of discrimination and violation of humanrights are seen in different parts of the world. All human beings are and always will be born free and equal in pride and privileges. There are many different ways to view humanrights, and people have different opinions on what should or shouldn’t be defined as a right. There are also many types of rights: universal rights, women’s rights, and the...
The following is an article that seeks to give a historical account of events that have shaped women’s activism in the world. It gives a brief overview of the international women’s movement and names women activists who have shaped history in the fight of women’s rights. Also it draws comparison of the effects of women’s activism in today’s world as compared to the years before the start of liberation of women in our society.
Keywords: Activism, Feminism, Movement
‘Women’s movement’ is a term that puts into perspective the fight for women’s rights in both social and political aspects. It is a movement aimed at fighting for women’s empowerment as mothers in social and political arenas. Also it seeks to fight for gender equality between women and men in our society (Antrobus, 2004, p.10). The following excerpt seeks to establish the roots of the feminist movement in America. It draws the objectives of the movement and names historical events that are of significance in the fight of women’s liberation. It outlines the goals, effects and strategies of women’s movement. It names women who have been in the fore front fighting for women’s rights.
1. What started women’s movement?
Before the conference on women held in Beijing, women were treated as subordinates to their male counterparts. Their involvement in politics, issues of national development and policy making was limited....
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Rights of Women and Children
Around the world, women and children aren’t able to have the same basic rights as men. Unfortunately, the problem of inequality is broader. Inequality is often extreme against women and is part of their daily lives. Inequality is often justified by men as part of their culture or religion. Women and children face brutal situations each day. Harsh acts like child labor, slavery, forced marriage, and prostitution are suffered by millions. Child labor is full-time employment of children who are under the minimum legal age. Throughout the world, an estimated number of 218 million children were working in 2006. Children are bought and sold, forced into prostitution or work without getting paid any money. Besides these acts, children aren’t able to receive a good education. Women are also bought and sold as slaves, for labor and for sex trade. Not only are women banned from attending school, but women are denied the right to vote. Unfortunately, in some countries, women can be beaten or abused by their husbands legally. As Shirn Ebadi, a human activist said, “Not only is a woman a citizen, but she is also a mother who nurtures future generations. In my opinion, the conditions toward women around the world are prejudicial, but in certain places, they are worse than others. Success for women is when prejudice is removed everywhere in the world.”