How to respect the rights of others
Having human rights is important, but they only work if we all respect them- this is part of our responsibility as people of this beautiful country. We all have the right to life, but we also have the right to a life with dignity. We should always remember that our rights come with responsibilities so here are a few ways you can practise respect for others. Human rights are protected in the Constitution under the Bill of Rights, and it entitles everyone to have the freedom to access basic necessities, as well as the right to be who you are and live out your life.
Empathy is where respect begins Choma, and this means understanding someone else’s feelings by imagining yourself in their situation. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Think about how you would like to be treated, and then treat the other person the same way.
Know your own rights
Choma, did you know that you can find the bill of rights online? It can be a long read, but it’s important to know what your rights are, so that you can protect your rights and the rights of others.
Listen to others
The best way to understand someone else and what they’ve been through is simply to listen to them, hear how they feel. Everyone has their own story Choma, and also their own opinions, and perspectives on how they view the world.
Appreciate your differences
We come from a very diverse country, which is what makes every one of us so special. But a lot of the time, our differences are used as a reason to judge others. This is discrimination and stigma. That shouldn’t be the case, Choma. We should always use being different as a chance to learn new things from each other. And being different is beautiful. We are all unique in our personalities, gender, race, beliefs, sexual orientation, culture, and background; and that should be celebrated.
Choma, at the end of the day it’s all about \treating others with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our human rights is one of the most important parts of our constitution- any constitution for that matter, and they don’t only tell us how we should be treated, but how we should treat each other.
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