Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
On a few occasions in the past, we have signed up to Blog Action Day. Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.
That day is today and this year's topic is Human Rights.
We hear a lot about rights in our society today. Everyone has rights and heaven forbid if anyone else would dare to try and deny them those rights. For many of those people, a right is simply a crutch to lean on so that they can get their own way. Conversely, for many other people who see the bigger picture of what a right is and means, it leaves us asking, "what about responsibility?" After all, you simply cannot have rights without responsibilities.
The universal code of rights highlights that we have a right to life, liberty and security of person. It tells us that we have a right to freedom of opinion and expression. Also, we all know that we have a right to freedom of religion and that things like slavery and torture are against our rights.
But in each of those cases, what is our responsibility?
As a contributing member of society, it's critical that we also be willing to stand up and act when we see people's rights being denied - not just our own rights.
It's for that reason, that we as a company have been, and continue to be, so happy to support International Justice Mission Canada and want to take this opportunity to highlight them today.
As it reads on their website, International Justice Mission Canada is a human rights organiation that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression, in partnership with U.S.-based International Justice Mission (IJM).
The people of IJM do unbelievably important work. Life-saving work. Right restoring work. And it is an honor to support them.
So, on this, the 2013 Blog Action Day that's focused on the topic of Human Rights, I want to ask you to consider what your responsibility is, and more specifically, what kind of contribution you could make to either restore someone else's rights, or to support an organization that does.