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These two separate presentations are available in an AUDIO-TAPE (featuring the dramatic voices of 19 women from all over the world)
and in two separate SCRIPTS --
so that you can give your own dynamic performances of:
"FAIRNESS FOR EVERYONE:
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
(47 minutes long) and
"Hoorah CEDAW: EVERYONE WILL BENEFIT:
why the U.S.A. has not yet ratified CEDAW"
(24 minutes long)
PLEASE LISTEN TO EXCERPTS from the tape:
Here are outlines of each presentation:
"FAIRNESS for EVERYONE: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
- Establishment of the United Nations
- Background for the consideration of Human Rights
- The UN's Commission on Human Rights appoints a drafting committee
- Challenges to the committee
- Defining global "Human Rights"
- Respecting each other's Human rights during the committee's deliberations
- The influence of Eleanor Roosevelt, who was chosen to be Chair of the drafting committee
- The current availability of the UDHR
- Reading of the UDHR by a cast of international women
- The adoption of the UDHR by the United Nations General Assembly
- Sequels to the UDHR
"HOORAH CEDAW: Everyone Will Benefit"
(why the USA has not yet ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women)
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The need to define the Human Rights of girls and women
- A summary of the Convention (CEDAW)
- The need to and benefits of following CEDAW's prescriptions
- The United States procedure for ratifying international treaties
- The history of steps taken to ratify CEDAW
- In Massachusetts
- In San Francisco, California
- The goal of CEDAW
KOFI ANNAN, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has described Human Rights as "What each of us has the right to expect from our fellow human beings, the people we share the world with."
The need to define what each member of our Human family deserves-to-receive and is expected-to-give has motivated many United Nations documents that have demanded international negotiation and consensus.
Those documents have set standards of fairness to inspire, guide, and bind us in accepting the responsibility of respecting each other's worth, dignity, and rights locally and globally - so that we might share the world peacefully.
The principles in those documents endure and their purposes become more and more meaningful as modern technology both connects and threatens our Human Family.
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Comments from the Cast Members of "FAIRNESS for EVERYONE: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
"I have heard the term 'Human Rights' all my life, but I never knew what they were til I participated in this recording"
"Since we hear so much about negative violations of Human Rights in today's world, it was especially gratifying to be involved in a project about the positive assertion of Human rights."
"I feel honored to have participated in this project. I hope it will truly serve the noble purpose for which it was created. The tape could serve as a basis for students in schools to research, discuss, and even dramatize the topic of Human Rights . . . I truly think that the way to make the values stated in the UDHR come to full truth is by teaching the younger ones and making them part of the comprehension and understanding of what they really mean."
Endorsements from organizations:
"[Deputy Secretary General Annabelle] Wiener would like to thank you for your . . . informative tape on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The FEDERATION would also like to congratulate you . . . for producing such informative media materials. At many times, informing the public through the media is often more effective than informing them through publications. The WORLD FEDERATION of UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATIONS would like to welcome [you] as an ally to the FEDERATION and its objectives. Working together [we] will be able to promote a greater understanding for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women."
Public Relations Unit
WORLD FEDERATION OF UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATIONS
FEDERATION MONDIAL des ASSOCIATIONS pour les NATIONS UNIES
"[It] is not enough to talk about peace; one must believe in it. And it is not enough to believe in it; one must work at it."
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