Tag Archives: human rights

Golf, greed, gambling, and … a force for good in the world?!

It’s true, I don’t post about sports very often, except for running, of course.  And when I do, it’s usually been to laud statements on human rights that professional athletes have made, using their voice to fight hatred and discrimination.  … Continue reading

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When the most optimistic people aren’t feeling very optimistic

These times have been hard on almost everyone in some way or another.  In the past 2+ years (or maybe in the past 6+ years), we’ve learned that no-one is immune from the world’s problems: the challenges of global pandemics, … Continue reading

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You can’t change history, but you can change the consequences

Last week I tackled the first two items on my self-challenge list of who have been the most significant contributors throughout history to making the world a better place.  I got through the enormous challenge of women’s rights and children’s … Continue reading

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South Africa: Cry the beloved country

Cry the beloved country, Alan Paton’s acclaimed novel about South Africa, written way back in 1948, has much to teach us today.  That’s especially true right now, as the beautiful country of South Africa, with so much potential, finds itself … Continue reading

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Can we get by without a strong, respected United Nations? Please say no!

The idea of nations coming together – uniting – to address common challenges and to collectively work to prevent other challenges from starting was a brand new concept 75 years ago. In fact, 75 years ago this week. The United … Continue reading

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Acceptance is key … but it’s complicated

A month or so ago a fellow blogger in the UK, Barry Hopewell, posted the final three stanzas of a compelling poem by Steve Taylor called Acceptance. I’ve been thinking about its message ever since. Let me start with those … Continue reading

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The Courage to Do Something — Cynthia Reyes

I wasn’t planning on posting anything on Mother’s Day, but when I read Cynthia Reyes’ post yesterday, The Courage to Do Something, I knew I had to reblog her message. Cynthia is a Canadian author, journalist, and human rights activist … Continue reading

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Looking at women’s progress around the world … using maps

Seeing as yesterday was International Women’s Day, I thought that using world maps to explore successes and struggles of women around the world would be appropriate for this week’s Map Monday. I must say that some of the rankings showing … Continue reading

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