Challenging the status quo
Challenging the status quo

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Serious attempts to protect the rights of the most vulnerable groups like children, women and disabled takes both idealism and realism but most of all it requires resources like time and money. This is a fundraising campaign to collect the necessary resources. Your contribution will be used to create apps for educational awareness raising campaigns and recruitment services for the challenged groups. See more: www.hunehe.net/startup
 
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Fulfilling life includes at least these two things: human relationships and a job. I personally suffered from stuttering when I was younger, thus I know that even a slight challenge/difference from the norm can hinder one's career and social opportunities. 
 
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Our values and beliefs

Human rights… a word sealing a lot of hope, yet not being able to provide much in the real world. Human rights are and have been trampled under financial, political, economical, authoritarian considerations. I stumbled into a book ‘Dictator’s learning curve, tyranny and democracy in the modern world’. It depicts current political systems globally; there are fewer dictatorships in the world today, open dictatorships/authoritarian governments have been replaced by democracies in many countries.

However, to an extent, this democracy is seeming. Brutal forms of intimidation have been replaced with more subtle forms of coercion. Citizens who do not rock social order can enjoy relatively pleasant lives in democracies with decent income, opportunities for education and social climb. However, opposing the ruling political/economic elite will soon reveal the underlying, real power structures. Depending on the country the forms of coercion can vary from loss of life, violence, threats, imprisonment, withholding information, blocking professional/educational opportunities etc. Some of these forms of coercion are in place in every country.

Anyone working/studying in the field of human rights is soon disillusioned. Not to mention the level of human rights in real dictatorships. Regarding the individual government opponents in directly oppressive countries, we hardly hear from them before reading a news article stating they have been killed, handicapped, imprisoned or something similar. And these are the ones that actually were able to gain some visibility and standing in the news. It is also not uncommon that dictators oppress all citizens in the country they govern, not only the opposition.

The book also depicts several individuals who are willing to even risk their lives in order to fight for matters they believe in like justice, equality, truth etc. People like this have existed in all societies and throughout centuries. The most famous among these activists are probably Mandela, Gandhi and King, and people draw hope from their victories and inspirational speeches. I decided to look into what these famous figures achieved with their lifelong struggles for justice that cost them many times not only their freedom but their health and lives as well. The conclusion is a bit depressing for a wannabe human rights activist. Even the best, the most noteworthy of them did not achieve too much or their achievements were ruined by their successors.

So what is the brave opposition actually fighting for, or better yet, who are they fighting against?

Though centuries have passed and leaders have changed, sometimes free ­willingly, sometimes through coups, revolutions, the social order has not truly changed throughout the years. Even if we think of the Arab spring, not much changed in the societies regarding the lives of individuals. The same applies almost everywhere, rulers change but social order remains the same, though takes on more subtle, covert, civil forms. Can it be that time after time we are only able to appoint leaders that lack sense of justice, equality etc. and if only we can change them for more enlightened ones, things will improve? Maybe, but maybe not. Humans have been practicing justice for thousands of years and not progressed too much.

So who are the brave opposition fighting against? I hope I am wrong but I fear the answer is human nature. Unjust and self­-serving leaders would not be able to maintain in power without free-­willing unjust and self-­serving subjects who ensure their power. And can we really blame anyone for submitting, after all, opposing the leaders will usually have negative consequences, in some countries even loss of life and freedom.

This applies to a small scale as well, if someone opposes an unjust boss, he/she will usually simply end up fired, the change of leadership is rare. The one with more power is the one who gets to determine what is just. Similarly in school classes, usually the harassed student ends up being the one who needs to change the school, not the bully. Unfortunately this world is designed many times to reward for wrong and punish for standing up for what is right. And as the famous book ‘Animal farm’ sharply questions, would the change of leadership truly change anything? Humans as all of us are, we can’t really even speak for ourselves until our own ability to handle power has been tested with access to power. As a saying goes: “Power does not always corrupt, power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power, is that power always reveals.” Robert Caro.

I do not know whether the hope lies in enlightened leaders and/or enlightenment on an individual level; these matters are deeply intertwined since people are mostly inclined/compelled to follow their leaders, in good and bad. Due to the latter fact, I am more inclined to believe that enlightened leaders are a better bet since one can utilize the human tendency to follow leaders for good too. History proves that the people standing up for even the most horrible atrocities are few, somewhat understandably, since the consequences for standing up are almost without exception very negative. Also, it is easier to influence few people than all people, and considering the human tendency to follow it can be enough.

People do not usually become leaders straightaway from high school, therefore, each adult has a proven professional record to assess regarding not only their professional merits and ability to lead but also their integrity of character, emotional intelligence, empathy. This criteria should be as important measure for leadership competence as external achievements. Considering the fact that the current selection system for leaders favors psychopaths among others according to psychologists, it is a system in need of serious re­valuation... It usually takes either financial or political power to truly have the possibility to make a difference, and therefore on those shoulders lie more responsibility. The fight should not only be left for defenseless, vulnerable little people sacrificing everything without enough resources to truly achieve lasting changes.

Though humans can choose to be mere animals, we are also created to reflect the image of G­-d. Yet the former seems to be the ruling force in the world. It is likely we will kill ourselves by destroying our home planet before learning to lean on the more enlightened side of human nature; the progress made during millennia is small. We need humanity. Our learning period seems to be coming to an end; we learn or drown in our greed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy­env...

Yet, we all share sense of justice. So why is it that century after century we fail providing even the basic needs for everyone and security against abuse, torture etc. As wise men have stated, one cannot change the world before changing oneself. And once everyone chooses to listen to their sense of justice, the world will be changed. However, this fight is a personal one, it can only be fought inside people’s hearts, and no one can fight it for another person. But who can say we aren’t obliged to try. The voice of truth is silent but piercing.

Idealism is not enough, nor is realism. An idealist can simply run around declaring what should be ignoring the reality. A realist might too dispirited by current reality that he/she fails to believe in a better, more idealistic future. One needs both in order to have hope for something better but the courage and experience to acknowledge and see what is and what needs to change. Personally as a woman I am especially interested in fighting for gender equality, women's, children's and disability rights.

As stated, surprisingly enough, human rights activism can be dangerous in this world depending in which region you are. Many times activists need to endanger or potentially lose their freedom, health, career, personal relationships, even their lives.

Furthermore, serious activism, even if it is educational awareness raising, is not possible without resources like time and money, as everyone knows, everyday life is very time-consuming and tasking. Very few common people have enough resources themselves since everyone needs to eat and live somewhere. Yet, despite these challenges, it is possible to feel passionate about it.

So I am asking whether you find these matters important enough to help me get started?
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