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Human Rights Day

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On this day in 1948, the United Nations adopted a universal set of human rights that apply to all of us. We honour this milestone towards creating a more free and equal world.

Today in 2016, 68 years later from the inception of this amazing idea, I ask you, how much have we achieved as human beings? We are the cleverest of all mammals on this planet with the faculty to think, reason, understand, communicate and have empathy. We have put our footprint on the Moon and Mars, sent rockets that have flown past the last planet in our solar system. We have reached oceanic depths and heavenly heights. But we still fail to respect people on our very own planet.

Being equal is beautiful

As a photographer, teacher, a colleague, a doctor, a businessman/woman, lawyer, banker, shopkeeper, home-maker…. as a friend, as a relative, as a human being… I ask you to think about others. Reflect on people that are around you. Think of people you meet daily. People that make your coffee, serve you food, your neighbours, your friends. Chances are, you know someone who has been treated unkindly. Spend time with them. Get to know them in a genuine way. Lend your time and ears and offer some support and help. Maybe all they need is your understanding and acceptance. Maybe they don't have a coherent voice to express their condescension or casual belittling.

You could help by being their pillar of strength and support. Wouldn't that be such a beautiful way to gift someone a smile and have a friend for life?

We don't need toys and presents to make people happy. The best gift you can give anyone is your time and show them you care. Nothing beats a caring heart, really nothing!

And all of this does begin with us - right here, right now. Even if it is 68 years too late. Next time you hear someone marginalised — have a heart. Seek to understand and walk a mile in their shoes.