Today we should take a moment and reflect on how we can play a role in Human Rights Day. In 1948, “the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day” (“Human Rights Day 10 Dec“).
Honestly, every day should be human rights day, we should live every day in the practice of humanity. I by no means am downplaying today. Of course, I am not! I believe in days set aside to reaffirm our commitment(s), a day to focus on what shall we do to better the human race. But I also believe that we should follow through with our commitments. We should commit/recommit today, but we should also carry through those commitments after today.
Perhaps you are thinking, but I am one person. I cannot go to Africa to help, nor can I take off to a war-torn country. But ask yourself…what can I do? What have I witnessed in my own community? How can I take a stand? One thought is simply speaking up when you hear discriminatory comments or witness a discriminatory act. We can begin upholding human rights by committing and practicing acts of kindness. Step up for others, the refugee, the LGBT, our children, women, and anyone who falls victim to discrimination. Be honest please, numerous acts of discrimination happen every day. While one person cannot solve every global issue, one person can begin somewhere and let us think of our humanity like a puzzle. The more connections made, the more beautiful and complete our puzzle becomes.
Finally, I am saddened to hear of the current violence in Iraq. I deployed to Iraq some time ago, and I wrote a short piece about this experience. Surprisingly it was published with MilSpeak Foundation–a 5013c public charitable organization that focuses on the creativity of military people, not only do they include those who serve, but they also include family members and federal employees who have served for the Department of Defense to include members of the civil service. Additionally, the organization was founded by Sally Drum, a 20 year Marine Veteran.
Why am I sharing this information? Because it introduces my life as an Airman and a mother. My site is named leadership2mommyship because I have always held these two passions close to my heart. I have heard the negative comments: how could you leave your children? What would make you want to do that? Don’t you miss your kids? Umm…of course I missed my kids! My publication will perhaps provide insight into these thoughts, and maybe I’ll discuss these ideas in a future blog. For now, I hope you enjoy this reflection from my past, and I encourage you to read more about MilSpeak. If you have toyed with the idea of writing about any military related experiences, please do consider writing. If you want to write about discrimination and how we can commit to human rights–DO IT! We should all speak more.