Stephanie is a fourth year International Development Studies major with a minor in Political Science who deeply manifests her passion about development in our chapter. She is a part of campaigns staff, where she and other members organize and plan our major fundraising and awareness events on campus. She is graduating this year and we have been so lucky to have her as a part of our chapter. Continue reading to find out how GlobeMed has influenced her views on human rights!
This past month we commemorated the World Day of Social Justice, formally on February 20th, where the chapters were set out to challenge their communities by bringing up the question of social justice. Moreover, our chapter presented a board on Bruinwalk, where we were to ask other students and community members as they walked by what they believed every human deserved. The recurrent opinions made it clear that social justice and equality was an underlying principle for changing the world. We also held a movie screening on campus of the documentary “Half Past the Sky,” a social justice movement that turns oppression into opportunity for women facing inequality worldwide. This movement is captivating for it places emphasis on the great role a woman can play in breaking the cycles of poverty. This movement also unveils the immense amounts discrimination and injustice women have, and rising the question of how, despite these women largely part-taking in the labor-intensive production of a society’s economy, they can only receive a fraction of what they actually work for.
In the past couple of weeks we have had many similar questions about social equality, justice, and general human rights that have came up in our chapter. What does every human deserve? Where does injustice stem from? What are human rights? Who has the rights to a certain rights? What we came to find through our discussions in ghU and our campus awareness events, is that these issues are not only complex but seem to be multi-faceted and co-dependent. We nearly all agreed without hesitation that everyone has human rights and deserved equal opportunities, etc. However, when actually coming down to the practical side of the issues, we had a harder time distinguishing between what rights and what groups of people. For example, in one of our ghU discussions, we argued whether the parent has the right to refuse vaccinations for their children as a way of them having the freedom to raise their own children, or if it impinges on the human rights the child has and has repercussions by causing harm to the surrounding community as a whole.
Needless to say the issue encompassing these various issues is that they are often blurred. And sadly, if they are not dealt with efficiently and humanely, they grow and stem from one another. Too often social injustices and inequalities are prevalent amongst different vulnerable populations in developing countries. These issues undermine a community’s progress and its capabilities of lifting themselves out of poverty and succeeding in the international economy. Yet there is much hope; it is especially reassuring in some sense knowing that they can be tackled and changed for the better, and that there are organizations who want to get to the root of the problem, to not just beat the odds, but change them. For this reason I am so thankful to be a part of an organization that has so much passion and drive to make more than just an impact on a community. We want change that is sustainable. I truly believe GlobeMed as a whole has left a big impact in dismantling this vicious cycle of poverty and social injustices with our approach of empowering communities through partnership. And though there is a long way to go, I am so proud of how far we have come.
Lots of GlobeMed love,