A highlight of 6 issues during the International Human Rights Day

Please follow us on our journey to highlight 6 issues during the International Human Rights Day which is today.
Also, do not forget we are hosting the UHC Day-Africa Baraza on 12th December. You are welcome.

Islam is peaceful, tolerant and a harmonizer
“The great liberal betrayal of this generation is that in the name of liberalism, communal rights have been prioritized over individual autonomy within minority groups. And minorities within minorities really do suffer because of this betrayal. The people I really worry about when we have this conversation are feminist Muslims, gay Muslims, ex-Muslims—all the vulnerable and bullied individuals who are not just stigmatized but in many cases violently assaulted or killed merely for being against the norm”.-Maajid

Journalists Reporting about Sexuality, Gender, Identity and Orientation must ensure
Accuracy and fairness, independence, integrity, accountability, opportunity to reply, unnamed Sources, confidentiality, misrepresentation, obscenity, taste and tone in reporting, paying for news and articles,  constructive covering of ethnic, religious and sectarian conflict and hetero-normative sexuality, orientation, gender and identity issues,  unbiased recording of  interviews and phone conversations, and ensure privacy is not infringed upon.

Freedom of expression as a lived reality
Lived realities are reactive and should not be seen as a threat but rather opportunities for learning.  Being part of a bigger crowd is a tool to conforming to a majority. However, this should not be to the disadvantage of a minority. We should strive to make democracy decent and not just about numbers-Kenny.

Health right
UHC in full is Universal Health Coverage. The 12th December Events remind the entire world that:

1. Our States and Governments can invest in a mechanism where one walks into a health facility with a Health Insurance Card and get services without paying out of the pocket.

2. That all human beings can benefit from this policy, be they refugees or not. Refugees are human beings and their lives matter too.

Faith in Women and Dignity of Persons
All women can be elevated in all aspects of their life- emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually. This effort bears the results which include dignity of persons.

Communities Are First Responders
Communities must be empowered to foster health for all. They are the catalyst for enduring solutions and therefore must be supported with logistics, facilitated with resources and provided opportunities to deliver.

In our case, community responders; faith in women and dignity for all persons; health as a right; freedom of expression; mind set on constructive reporting by journalists or citizen reporters; and tolerance exhibited by religions, especially Islam were key issues that kept coming up in our analyses of reports, occurrences and experiences around the world. These in turn cascade into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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