Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone’s right today, tomorrow and every day.” So with respect to Ban-Ki-Moon, i think it would be a perfect time to address the elephant in the room that is how many rights our union leader made for the people in the world and how many we actually follow.
1. Rights to Equal Pay for Women.
A very right on paper but the unpleasant truth is: Women still earn less than men for doing the same job. Though the income inequality between men and women has shrunk, it remains stubbornly persistent and is prompting more workers to look for other jobs. Overall, a woman makes about 56 paisa for every rupee a man does nationwide, according to a new study by salary-tracking website PayScale.
Even when comparing the sexes with the same job title at the same company and using similar education and experience, the gender pay gap persists: Men earned 2.4 percent more than women on average, down slightly from last year, PayScale said.
2. Rights against Domestic violence for Women.
The United Nations General Assembly designates November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Although unfortunately elimination is still like a dream for country like India, meanwhile according to UNICEF, an overwhelming 47% of girls and women in India– 37% and 52% in urban and rural areas respectively — still think it is justified for husbands to beat their wives. People like Donald Trump who makes statements like “grabbing women by pu**y” became a POTUS, what a strange world we live-in.
3. Gay Rights
Today, homosexuality and queer identities may be acceptable to more Indian youths than ever before, but within the boundaries of family, home and school, acceptance of their sexuality and freedom to openly express their gender choices still remain a constant struggle for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people.
In urban India, where social media and corporate initiatives have created increasing awareness of LGBT rights, the scenario looks more upbeat for gay men than for transgender people or lesbian women. While urban LGBT voices that are heard through several online and real-world platforms form an important part of LGBT activism, these expose only a small part of the diverse challenges faced by the community.
And, the article 377 is biggest hurdle for Queer community in India. How a government or Supreme Court can decides which type of sexual position is right for people of the country?
4. Rights for mental patients.
The United Nation Assembly give some proper rights to people with mental condition, like No person shall be given psychiatric or psychological treatment against his or her will, No person shall be admitted to or held in a psychiatric institution, hospital or facility because of their political, religious or cultural beliefs and practices. But still, we treat mental patients like a running ghosts in this world, recharge shows that every person in one time in his life affects from mental conditions but we still hasn’t used consultations for it Movies like Dear Zindagi explains mental illness is as normal as any disease in this world but why we treat Mental disease and it’s patients differently?
5. Right to freedom of Expression
The heart of the Article 19 says: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” But, the reality is in this country you are not open to express your feelings. India still hasn’t made Freedom of Media a reality and right to censorship is increasing day-by-day.
In this Human Rights Day please revaluate the rights you had and step forward for other rights as well. We don’t have to stand by when the haters drive wedges of hostility between communities. We can build bridges. We can raise our voices. We can stand up for the values of decent, compassionate societies.
When someone is abused and afraid, we can step forward to help safeguard her rights. When a vulnerable person is bullied, we can step in. Wherever there is discrimination and exploitation, we can speak up and let it be known that we oppose this, and seek to stop it. We can join others to publicly lobby for better leadership, better laws and greater respect for human dignity,
Happy Human Rights Day!
BY: Saket Sharma