Tuesday, 21 August 2012

human rights meditations: week 27

Girl Blowing Bubbles at Sasquatch Music Festival 2008 - 5x7 Digital Print
Girl Blowing Bubbles at Sasquatch Music Festival 2008 by Kate Blackport via etsy

Welcome to Week 27 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. This series is all 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 27 of the UDHR.

Article 27: (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

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

I'll go first: 

  • Cultural identity is a human right- it is super important and not to be neglected. (For some I'm sure this is obvious, but when I consider my own life I often find it difficult to feel ok about spending time on cultural pursuits- in our Western world, expression of culture and identity is seriously undervalued.) 

Kate xx

PS Thanks to Kate Blackport for supporting this series and sharing her photograph with us. You can check out more of Kate's work via her etsy shop, Kate Blackport Photography

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