May we each work to insure that human rights are not suppressed for any member of humanity.Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

Women's Rights are Human Rights: Ending violence against women

  Over the years, international efforts have been launched to battle violence against women and abuse of their human rights. However, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labour and sex slavery....more

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia. ...more

Women are Humans Too

By Suna AkyuzThe problem perhaps with women’s rights issues is the use of the word women. It is a simple problem with detrimental effects to the cause. The word women is alienating to half the world population, and misleading to even its proponents, because the fact is, and let’s be clear, the issue of women’s rights is a human rights issue....more

What Do You Do When They Turn Your Water Off?

The US Declaration of Independence lists among the "inalienable rights" of all people the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We've all heard it a million times but what does it really mean in our modern society? Does the right to life simply mean the right to BE alive?...more

Fighting the spirits, to defend and protect

Cross-posted from UN Women ...more

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. ...more

Clothing: A Woman's Issue?

A prevalent topic in sermons and books for girls is modesty. "Ladies, don't wear shorts that are too short.  Don't wear shirts that come down too low or fit you too tightly.  Be very careful not to tempt boys.  We want to guard their hearts."  And these are usually very good things to teach young girls who are beginning to discover the beauty that God has placed in their physical bodies.  It's a good thing to remind women of all ages.  However, modesty is usually the extent of our Christian discussions about clothes....more

Minimalism + Compassion = Healthcare for All

I usually stay away from politics here on SMART Living, but for an obvious reason healthcare is on my mind this week.  But let me be clear, I don’t think that healthcare is or should be a political issue.  Instead, our health and its care are two issues that touch every single human on the planet—including those of us who practice simple living or minimalism....more

Rob Ford Is Out – For Now

I was up late last night, unable to sleep, so when I pried my eyes open this morning to blearily look at my phone, I was not expecting to see what I did. Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, was ousted from office today in an historical judgement that has all of Canada talking. It’s historic because these judgements aren’t handed down often....more
@Darcie I agree! I hope she does, too!more