The importance of Human Rights

Today I am going to talk about Human Rights violation in the world and the importance of respecting and protecting the rights of people. Human Rights are important for a stable global community and as a result people should be protected against vices such as human trafficking, sexual abuse and torture. When we look at today’s world, children and women are the most victims of human Rights violation due to the idea that they cannot protect themselves from their predictors (Aljazeera, 2016). However, this is does not mean men’s are also not violated because as Nelson Mandela once said, to deny people their rights is to challenge their humanity. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every human being to respect and treat one another with the same kind of love and respect they would want to be given.

I bet most of you agree with me that in any democratic country, people should be given the right to choose a leader of their own choice and should not be beaten not punished for sharing different views from those in power. After all no cause should justify the abuse of human rights.

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The attention given to Human Rights is based on the idea that Human Rights should exist beyond the determination of specific societies and as a result Human Rights set universal standards that are used to judge societies. Human Rights also provide acceptable bench marks on which individuals or governments from one part of the world may criticize the norms followed by other governments or cultures (Gummow, 2013).

The violence against women constitutes of violence found within the household  which may include, marital rape or rape within a relationship were both partners don’t share  the same views. In addition to this other sexual abuse include sexual harassment at work, trafficking in women and girls with intention of fulfilling sexual needs are urges. With this regard women or young girls are forced exploitation, forced prostitution, abortion of female fetuses and infanticide of baby girls, traditional practices harmful to women such as genital mutilation, forced or too early marriage, widow burning, honour killing, acid attacks, stoning, war rape, and other.

 

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Women’s strength is written in their DNA

Your mother gave birth to you, your mother fed you and ensured that you never went to bed on an empty stomach, your mother cried with you when your friends made fun of you and your mother still believes in you even when the world wants to hold you down.

But why are women still victimized in society, why are they not appreciated for the efforts and struggles they go through just to make us flourish because trust me, unless you have given birth before, you will never understand what labour feels like. Everyday in the news, a woman is raped or a woman is murdered, and this makes you wonder why humanity is so cruel to women (Economic Development, 2016)

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We must appreciate our women everyday. Picture obtained from Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

South Africa’s women’s month is aimed at appreciating the efforts our women make, it is not easy to be a woman. It is not easy to be underestimated cause of the stereotypes that shape what is considered acceptable and not acceptable for women to do. I challenge everyone to take a stance and start appreciating women from now own. Our women include mother, aunties, sisters, nieces and daughters. If you know the value of women then share this post in appreciation of women’s month.

Tribalism blinds the soul

Finally the president has been announced but one thing that keeps bothering me is the idea of tribalism in Zambia and the extent at which it has divided the people of Zambia. Truth be told the just ended elections were driven by tribalism and not free and fair election nor democracy.

Most of the people that voted;  voted on the basis of “ because he is Bemba, Nyanja or Tonga ” and not on the quality of leadership and prosperity. But the question is why have Zambians let tribalism divide them to an extent of hating each other and insulting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016). According to David Mitchell, in the cycle of tribalism, the ignorance of the others engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence and violence engenders further violence until the only laws and rights are whatever is willed by the most powerful. This quotes is very true in relation with what is happening in Zambia. Firstly people some people do not want to accept the results and this has led to violence with people attacking one another on social media as well as physically (The Daily Nation, 2016).

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Tribalism has made people hate each other so bad that some of them forget that their relatives, mothers, wives and spouses come from other tribes and they have lived together without questioning which tribe one comes from. One would conclude that the people of Zambia do not change and as a result, they would rather vote for a person because of the tribe than because the person has what the capacity to led the country (Lusaka Voice, 2016).

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it is through tribalism that people end up getting divided. Picture obtained from Gado.com

To some extent Zambia’s democracy has gone so done that the idea of freedom does not reflect itself in Zambia. What has destroyed this country is not wanting to give other people chances show us what they offer us. Today people were  celebrating the victory of the 6th President his Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and their is nothing wrong with that because at the end of the day, he is the president of Zambia but the problem is that tribalism has been used to divide people. Despite the failing prices, hunger and load shedding, people are now fighting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016).

I would encourage every one of my fellow Zambians to stop acts of tribalism on each other because the true cause of tribalism is faith which is an outward expression of the ancient instinct of tribalism.

Let us see what the future of Zambia holds

Today Zambians had the opportunity to cast their votes for a leader they want, but the question that still remains is that will the elected president bring the change the people of Zambia have been longing for since 1964 when Zambia got its independence. Furthermore, will the elections be free and fair. So far Zambia has been blessed with six presidents who did what they could what ever they could to get Zambia where it is today.

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Poverty continues to affect a number of women Photography by Mulumbwa Luchen

All Zambians want is a leader that make the country flourish and bring development because Zambia is blessed with so many resources however, corruption and mismanagement of these resources has made Zambia remain poor. Personally even though i did not cast my vote as i am not in Zambia, i share the same views with my fellow countrymen: which is that i want a leader that will bring development.

Let us be honest and analyse the cost of living in Zambia especially with the kwacha that cannot compete with other currencies making it lose value in the international market. The effect of this is that things have become expensive to import and as a result most people that relayed on importing clothes and food cannot do it that anymore because the kwacha does not have much value. One would agree that the most affected are the farmers that rely on farming to feed their families but with the drought and the number of people expected to go hungry are many.

I wish Zambia all the best and hope the Zambians made the right choice today.

Indeed African women have endured it all

Watching 12 Years a Slave always brings tears into my eyes especially when I see how African-American black women were mistreated at the hands of their slave masters and wives. Besides the fact the women were often reduced to being domestic workers, the one thing that bothers me is the fact that the women were used as objects to satisfy their masters’ sexual desires and hence became victims of sexual abuse. The abuse caused from rape did not lead to physical damage but also lead to psychological and emotional damage. Imagine yourself, sister, mother or daughter being raped countless times by man who cannot even let you take a bath.

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Through the movie 12 Years a Slave, we also see how African-American women were confronted with harsh realities of being separated from their children. The struggle of being separated from your children can lead to depression because once your children are separated from you, you would never see them again nor know whether they are still alive or not. The African American black women lost children at the hands of the white slave traders that disregarded the rights and feelings of slave mothers.

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The movie shows us a grieving female slave named Eliza who is forcibly separated from her two young children and because she is a slave she does not have the capacity and means to fight nor protect the children. The result of the separation is grief, sadness and depression because there is no one to fight for her.

The slave owner’s exploitation of the black woman’s sexuality in the film 12 Years a Slave shows how the experience of slavery for black male slaves differed from the females because black women became victims of sexual abuse. The fact that the white slave owners had the power and authority over slaves meant that the slave master could what the slave masters wanted including turning black women into objects of to satisfy the sexual needs. Therefore, black women were continuously raped due to the inability of the slave husband and males to protect the women from such violation.

 

Hold on my dear God knows what he is doing

Today’s post is based on God’s undying love for mankind and particularly me. I am a living testimony of what God’s love is and i will continue praising him. I am going to share what happened to me this past semester which almost made me give up on God’s presence in my life.  Someone i cared so much hurt me so bad that it almost made me give up on myself because the pain seemed unbearable. This person betrayed my trust to the point where whenever i saw him, my heart was filled with so much anger and hate for having hurt me without having the guts to even say sorry.

But do you know the beauty of God and his love for me, he allowed me to feel the pain because am human, he allowed me to cry and feel sad because he wanted to let me know that even though i was going through what i was going through, he never left my site. The truth be told, i hated the person for betraying me because i believed i was a good person that did not deserve to be hurt. However, God works in mysterious ways and with prayer and listening to his word, God came  through for me and helped me forgive the person with all my heart because he made me realize that the only way to move on is through forgiveness.

God knows the plans he has for all of us and although we might disobey him and do things our on way, when ever we find ourselves in problems, he will never leave our side. He loves us and wants us to come to him as his children. People will always hurt us even when we are good but whenever we are hurting, he hurts with us and cries with us. This  whole world will try to hold you down but God is the greater i am so trust in him and everything will be fine.

Preserving cultural identity through African fashion

It is essential for cultures to preserve their cultural identity because the traditional values on which cultures are founded are easily identified by the pace at which the cultures acknowledge and accept modernisation. Today, the media plays an important role in reinforcing the bond between western clothing and African clothing while encouraging African countries to preserve their cultural identity.

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Therefore, the African fashion industry helps cultures celebrate their culture because the traditional attires from the different African country each emphasize the beauty that exists within their cultures. The clothes are unique because the clothes contain mixture of both western and African texture to make the clothes fashionable and appealing. Although, the outfits contain western style the clothes enable people identify with their cultures while making fashion statements. The choice of colour and how the clothes are designed carry purpose and meaning such as status, wealth, tribe and ethnicity. For instance, the clothes that Nigerian wear is different from South African traditional attire but they all carry the same idea which is representing their cultures.

Despite Africa been among the seven developing economies in the world the African style industry has not received as much attention and required and although the African fashion industry now enjoys the presence of the media, governments are doing little to support the industry and as a result the African fashion industry could be considered funded by the private sector.  The idea that African designers are making it on the international market is a sign that the world is actually acknowledging the importance of African fashion while attracting investors.