One of the major projects I completed in Global Issues was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights PowerPoint. I was honored with the opportunity to present Article 1, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood”.
For those who are forced into prostitution, agricultural slavery, domestic servitude, mining, rice mills, brick kilns, factories, rock quarries, and child soldiers this article is important.
In one case in particular of Joseph F. from Austria, the article was abused entirely. This father imprisoned and abused his daughter, and fathered seven children with her. Three out of the seven children never saw light. They had no concept of the sun, and remained in the cellar of their house.
Some parents believe that a ninth grader should not have to acknowledge these atrocities, let alone, even hear about them. I believe that is wrong. We begin to evaluate right from wrong on an ethical level by, on average, age 12. The children that are taken into these child slave institutions and abuses only have what their parents tell them to fight against the world. When the “stranger” is hidden in a black cloak with their sinister gaze they are unable to see the “danger” in their own neighbors with white picket fence yards.
Everyone has the right to the knowledge that they have rights.
Here’s a link to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/