Sharing experience – Stefania Renda

1: Can you give us your opinion about the project “Everybody is born with RIGHTS”?

In my opinion the training course was really interesting and informative. The project was very compelling, especially the way we were taught; in fact thanks to this informal method of teaching, it kept my interest much more than the common method of instruction. This project allowed me to learn new things and reflect on an increasingly talked about issue. In addition to that, this project afforded me the opportunity to meet people from other countries and consequently learn about diverse cultures and traditions. It was a very positive experience that allowed me to grow as a person and because of this I would advise everyone to participate in similar projects.

2: Why is promoting minority human rights so necessary and why we must fight for equality?

Promoting minority human rights is extremely necessary because minorities are often at a disadvantage in comparison to the majority of the population. Minority groups need specific types of rights that are meant to protect them from discrimination, prosecution, hostility and violence; which will help guarantee social equality for all. We must fight for equality because around the world a lot of people are being treated with less dignity because they belong to a minority, which doesn’t make sense because all people are of equal value. We are all human beings in the end.

3: Which of the Articles of the UDHR you found more interesting? Why?

In my opinion the most interesting Article of the UDHR was Article 14 “Prohibition of discrimination”. I chose this article because it discusses the fundamental principles of equality. It ensures that no one is denied their rights because of how they are born, where they come from, what they believe in, their sexual orientation, etc. In addition to this, it discusses the necessity to guarantee the protection of minority identities and the fight against social exclusion, which is only possible if there is no discrimination.

4: What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

The most important thing I have learned during training is to be aware of the many problems minorities face, in fact thanks to the course I discovered a lot of cases where human rights have been violated. This made me reflect on the fact that unfortunately even today we are far from the concept of equality. Thanks to this training I will share the knowledge I have gained with my friends and colleagues through different dialogues; explaining that in order to achieve true equality it is necessary to take the active approach. Which to me means promoting the inclusion of minorities, helping to fight for their rights and not just our own.

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