We do not choose our skin or where we live

Just as microplastics creep into the oceans, grains of fear accumulate more and more among people


Fear is increasingly used by rulers and the mass media to create disorientation, discouragement and anger: emotional states that make us powerless and easy to manipulate.


Exclusive and individual ideals make us increasingly isolated from the realities that surround us and apathetic. What can often happen when episodes of injustice take place, things can be overlooked or ignored.






All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights


This sentence may sound so overused and common nowadays but let’s get into the time machine together.


Do you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed in 1948?


Philanthropists, scientists, intellectuals, religious, but also ordinary people have been defending basic rights and the integrity of minority groups for centuries, indeed, for millennia.


Our History teaches us visionary constitutions and governments have put in place policies to safeguard cultural and religious diversity.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written after all the rights imaginable and owed to humans were violated.

Not one, but two World War were required to establish that no matter the colour of the skin, no matter the historical-social background, no matter the religion belonging: all humans are equal.






It is not a matter of law


Well, not entirely. Justice and human rights are also law-material but not exclusively. Common people, like you and me, are agents. We provide acts therefore our behaviour is extremely more powerful than every other restriction or law that discriminates.


Imagine if during the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler no one would have ever even insulted a Hebrew person. What kind of power would have had the Führer?


What about the genocide in Rwanda? The Apartheid in South Africa?


Attributing the blame to those at the top, reducing the cause of injustice to an external origin leads to a lack of responsibility. This is very dangerous because the more you discharge your obligations, the less you are committed to improving the situation. You create inertia, paralysis.




A socially sustainable society


Sustainability refers to a lot of things, this is because at Vizuri denim we decided to openly express our support and our commitment to Sustainable Development Goals.


A socially sustainable society is based on equal rights, equal means of development and equal resources. Means and resources do not need to be identical but equivalent and guarantee the same level of progress.

Nature does not provide the same “equipment” to humans and communities. There is nothing wrong with it. What is unacceptable is the construction of an exclusive and idyllic hierarchy decided by few and applied to the multitude.


Some children run faster than others but they have the same value as human beings.


We are incurring an unstoppable consumption of primary resources, unfortunately, this leads to more fear and fight consequences.






The supranational intervention of the United Nations Development Programme and the SDG


UNDP is a United Nations agency committed to “eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress”. The main role of the department is to support countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


Introduced in 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, SDG’s are defined as a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.


Sustainable development goals are inspired by human rights and aspire to stop social injustice such as targeting and scapegoating, to which women and minority groups are usually subject.




What we can do and how can we intervene?


We have to do everything in our hand to make a place for everyone. We should help those who do not have a voice to raise to be listened to. Taking care of others can be seen as a waste of time but definitely, it is not. Educating youngsters to respect and kindness avoids expensive and useless wars.


A right education provides much more power and freedom than money.




Resources:

https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights

https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/background

https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html





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