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Human Rights = Ubuntu

Updated: May 11, 2022

On 21 March each year, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day. In my view, Human Rights Day is the most important public holiday in South Africa. Our Nelson Mandela declared the 21st of March Human Rights Day to honour all those who fought and lost their lives in the struggle for freedom.

Human Rights Day shines a light on our people who fought for their fundamental rights and courageously opposed the apartheid regime. This day is a reminder for South Africans to rise in unity and continue the fight for human dignity and safety.

Our Constitution:

“The Republic of South Africa is one, sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values:

a) Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms

b) Non-racialism and non-sexism

c) Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.

d) …..”

The reality on the ground is a far cry from these beautifully written words.

The legislation does not drive change, people do. We need more people with moral courage to actively drive the implementation, use their voices to create awareness and speak out against inequality, injustice, and infringement of one’s human rights and dignity. It is in the doing and action we can drive progress and a better life for all who live in our beautiful country and across the globe.

In the spirit of spreading and reinforcing the Ubuntu values locally and globally, I have collaborated with an amazing soul Ed Dudley from the USA. We are currently having conversations with people across the world to unpack the spirit of human strength, resilience and human courage and humans making a difference, as injustice, inequality, racism, and the fight for human rights is a global fight. You can watch the video podcast here and listen on all the podcast platforms.

In a recent conversation with Craig Wilkinson, he captured my heart when he said, “We are foremost human beings” A simple but powerful statement. When one uses this as a foundation it is easier to spread our Ubuntu values, the values of empathy, kindness, love, community, together we rise, together we fall.

The Rise song was created to encourage togetherness and if you are fighting an internal or external war, dig deep and let the values of Ubuntu take over. You can listen to the song here -

Make this Human Rights Day count. Remember we all play a role in making our world a kinder place. Every act of kindness no matter how small plays a significant role.

Thank you to all those who actively work at improving themselves and the lives of others.

In paying homage to one of the greatest leaders Our Nelson Mandela I am going to leave you with his words:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Spread the love and Be KIND!

Thank you for stopping by!

I wish you love, light, happiness, and Freedom

Charmaine Soobramoney

I Am the Change and Free – Founder

Each One Hold One (EOHO) - Co-founder

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