What’s Your Definition of Human Rights?

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This year we have witnessed many visible acts of violence and hate, so it is not a surprise that those of us on the PAWs team are excited to talk about Human Rights Awareness, which is widely celebrated across December, with the 10th marking Human Rights Day.

Looking back to our December episode of 2016, we met with Beth Lund, Ashford alumni, to get a shared definition of Human Rights. According to Beth, and borrowing a bit from the United Nations declaration, “Human rights are those rights inherent to all individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, whatever other status you may have.”


Moving to 2017, we broadened our reach and sought out both students and staff to get their thoughts and definitions of human rights. Here are a few highlights, but be sure to check out the video for more!

When I think of human rights, I think that we all have to acknowledge the certain privileges that we have in this life. Others are not as privileged as we may be; so we all must work together to advocate and promote awareness to ensure that everyone is treated equitably and fairly.”
– Dan Perez, Academic Issues Administrator

Human rights is that all people are created equal from the beginning of their life. They get the same opportunities as everyone else. Their character judges who they become.”
– Neisha Holt, Ashford Alumni

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, we encourage you to continue learning, engage with compassion, model respect regardless of difference, and volunteer in your community as you encounter opportunities to stand up for human rights. Happy new year, and we’ll see you in 2018!


Written by Ashford University staff

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