Tuesday, 19 June 2012

human rights meditations: week 20

reach out : 12x16 helping hands print of original
Reach Out by Linsey Grey Frost via etsy

Welcome to Week 20 of Human Rights Meditations. Each week we’re looking at an Article in the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Learn more about the series here. You’ll note that these posts are quite short: this is because the series is way more about the time that you spend reflecting, and engaging in the discussion via comments below & twitter (hash tag #hrmlak).

This week we’re looking at Article 20 of the UDHR.

Article 20: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Read over the article above a few times and let it sink in (this is a long one, so you may want to break it up as you reflect). As you reflect, consider the following:
·          What's the first picture that came to your mind?
·          How did you respond to what you read?
·          Reflect how you feel about yourself in comparison to others.
·          Reflect on how you perceive others in your world. 
·          Reflect on your understanding of global issues.

Write the article down and stick it somewhere where you know you'll see it throughout the week. This will prompt you to keep the thinking going! Alternatively, write down something that has stood out to you throughout this meditation.  

Now, get talking! Let's talk openly about our thoughts on each article, what we're learning about ourselves and some of the actions we're taking to live more in line with the Declaration. Don't forget that as well as chatting via the comments below, you can get talking via twitter by including this tag: #hrmlak

Me first: 

  • Ever been a part of a group that's been looked down on? The closest I've come to this was in my school years and having other kids ask "Why are you friends with her? Have you heard she...?" or "Don't you know her family..." Imagine living in that with a corrupt government! 
  • I remember being picked on at school for helping the kids who got picked on! It was seen as wrong by some to help others... I think of it now and I wonder... where did those kids learn that kind of thinking and behaviour from?!

Kate xx

PS A big thanks to Linsey for supporting this series and sharing the fantastic piece above. Check out more of her work via etsy or via her official website

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