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Passport

Passport by AK Rockefeller


Do you think you are free? Are you able to even move about this earth freely? Do you ever consider why it is that you need a document issued by a government in order to leave your own home, or come back? Why should people be subjected to interrogation and scrutiny by an authority every time they decide to go somewhere? It’s as if individuals are considered dangerous or guilty of something by default. And yet, what is actually more dangerous than the Authority that issues visas and passports. Doesn’t it seem absurd that trade agreements and laws enable commodities to travel more freely than human beings? Is there some reason why we would want to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world, or the rest of the world from us? What are governments afraid of? Are they scared because allowing individuals to discover the world makes them less amenable to coercion and subjugation? AK Rockefeller wants none of it! Passports are a symbol of oppression, and are a violation…

How united are we against violence? Really.

I do not claim to possess the patience to write a long intellectually-stimulating article on any subject. So I will try to make an attempt to share a snapshot of my thoughts. Here goes: 


Based on UN statistics, at least one out of 3 women around the planet has been beaten, raped and abused in her lifetime. 


In Malaysia, about 10 women are reported, as victims of physical and emotional abuse, to the police every day. 


But what about sex workers? What about male, transgender and female sex workers? Yes, I'm going to say it again - SEX WORKERS


Sex workers are human beings: they breathe, eat, laugh, cry, talk and feel pain, yes, just like you. Why is it that people tend to talk about all sorts of human rights abuses and violation but little or no attention is given to sex workers? 


Sex workers face violence everyday.


But the worst violence towards sex workers is when we continue ignoring the issue, pretending that such blatant abuse of human rights does not exist or worse still - adopt the …

Rights Not Violence for Sex Workers in Macedonia

From http://www.witness.org and http://www.hops.org.mk | In Macedonia, as throughout the world, sex workers are pushed to the margins of society by a combination of prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Yet, the fact that a person sells sexual services cannot be used as justification for the denial of their fundamental rights, to which all human beings are entitled

You Must Know About Me is a first-hand account of sex workers experiences and aspirations off and on the streets. While dealing with harassment and violence from clients, pimps, and the police, sex workers strive to counter hostile public attitudes by speaking out and fighting for their rights. The video calls for zero tolerance of violence against sex workers and the coordinated response of institutions to the actual needs of sex workers

Research and experience from around the world show that repressive measures which restrict the rights of sex workers drive the sex industry underground, thus undermining public health pol…

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (17 Dec)

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The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by custom and prohibitionist laws that has made violence against sex-workers acceptable.
The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17: "First adopted by Venetian sex workers for an anti-violence march in 2002, red umbrellas have come to symbolize resistance against discrimination for sex workers worldwide."


Nelson Mandela quote

We speak here of the challenge of the dichotomies of war and peace, violence and non-violence, racism and human dignity, oppression and repression and liberty and human rights, poverty and freedom from want.


We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people.


I am also here today as a representative of the millions of people across the globe, the anti-apartheid movement, the governments and organisations that joined with us, not to fight against South Africa as a country or any of its peoples, but to oppose an inhuman system and sue for a speedy end to the apartheid crime against humanity.


These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is …

Don't Leave Me Alone - UNICEF: Child Abuse

Child abuse. It happens everyday and still there are so many myths and misconceptions about it. What's even more alarming is the fact that the number of reported cases has been increasing in Malaysia. That's why UNICEF is embarking on a campaign for those who care enough to learn more and help put a stop to it. For this to happen, we need your support. 


Start by getting on board with UNICEF at http://www.uniteagainstabuse.my and together let's make a difference for the children in Malaysia.


Narrated by Asha Gill (TV host and Get on Board champion for children).

What's disability to me? Faustina's story

The World Report on Disability is a major publication from the World Health Organization and World Bank, to be launched on 9 June 2011 in Geneva. 


The Report explores current evidence about disability, identifies needs, and highlights what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in areas including health, rehabilitation, support, environments, education and employment. We want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers to participation in their communities. To start the debate, we asked Faustina Urassa, a woman with disabilities from Tanzania, "What's disability to you?"