America 's Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay

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Kia Ora everyone,
I wasn’t really sure how to address you this evening, whether I should simply thank you for the privilege or tell my story. I have decided to begin by sharing a quote about where equality begins-
"In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
—Eleanor Roosevelt, 

wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Chair of the United Nations Commission that wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

What a great feed that was, happy tummy, yum. My mother is here with me this evening as is my two children Joel who is 8 years old and is little sister Tala, who is 6 and a half. Hi my bubbas! It was in 2008 that life was interrupted by the birth of my eldest child, when I first held that baby I felt a little piece of myself slip away. It seemed like certitude that had snuck out because I was significantly impacted by my role change to mother, but looking back I know it was indifference that I felt leaving. I lost my…

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