Human Rights Awareness & Advocacy
Knowledge is Power
When is the last time you learned something new? Can you appreciate another point of view?
Blaise is on a mission to heal with her humanity. Various issues going on around the world have sparked a passion within Blaise. She learned more about her rights so she could help others defend theirs.
Blaise already contends for reproductive health rights and advocates for her award-winning NGO:
Footprints Infertility & Pregnancy Loss Initiative, but now she is more knowledgeable to make progress for ALL human rights.
Footprints is dedicated to advocating for reproductive rights and supporting parents through their fertility journey. This is a safe space to grieve, heal, share, and gather information on how to navigate through this. No longer do we need to feel ashamed or sit alone with our pain. We are all Mothers of Purpose and Fathers of Destiny. This is an inclusive platform dedicated to providing support, healing, and belonging. The mandate for Footprints is a two-part mission:
1) Improve the systems on the frontlines to ensure parents get the proper care, information, and emotional support the moment their trauma happens. This includes handing out mental health support bags. And collaborating with workplaces, health organizations, and governing bodies to create better protocols and procedures when dealing with loss and reproductive health rights.
2) Create a worldwide support community to continue the efforts in bridging the gap in emotional and mental health in the following weeks, months, and years.
Blaise offers Human Rights Consulting to businesses and groups who are wanting to improve gender issues in the workplace. Women's Rights Are Human Rights
She holds educational workshops to teach employers how to create gender equity, inclusivity, and diversity policies and procedures within their companies. Blaise also brings awareness to the staff on what their rights are in regard to mental health, pay gap issues, fertility care, miscarriage, and loss and reproductive health matters. Blaise is a bridge between employer and employee. A better informed and functional business creates a better working environment. It's a win-win. By taking Blaise's Human Rights Seminars, organizations can display a badge of Working for Women's Rights on their websites and promotional materials.
Do you want to be a leader and stand for human rights in your company?
Do you want to create a safe place for women in your organization?
Do you wish for a cohesive workplace where all genders are empowered and feel valued and belong?
Diversity and Gender Management: Reproductive Health Best Practices Guidelines for Gender Equality in the Workplace
All businesses have the responsibility to respect human rights not only within their own operations, but also throughout supply chains, and within impacted communities. Reproductive health rights are outlined as human rights yet there is insufficient language in employee policies that address the protection of these rights. Gender equity is about removing barriers that stop people from reaching their full potential. Too often, women and gender-diverse people experience unfairness. This is especially true when they also struggle with injustices like poverty, racism, ableism and/or homophobia, and reproductive health matters. When all citizens – regardless of their gender, race, class, sexual orientation, or ability – can reach their full potential, our communities and economy are stronger, better places for everyone. In her research, Blaise has found it is widely accepted there are three key components of a best practice approach to advance workplace gender equality and diversity.
• Increasing awareness of gender equality and challenging widespread myths
• Changing structures instead of people
• Adopting an intersectional approach to gender equality in the workplace
Gender-inclusive best practices allow for integrating sexual or reproductive health topics to be standard discussions in the workplace. It also issues an invitation for staff to feel comfortable and supported. These guidelines include the right to have access to safe, stigma-free reproductive health care conversations with their employer. The goal is to normalize reproductive health for organizations and champion a culture of health, safety, and equity for everyone. It is the duty and responsibility of an organization to believe in reproductive health and safety and be committed to creating a safeguarded working environment for all staff. This isn’t just a women’s issue. Reproductive health affects all and management should foster a climate of respect to protect all individuals in their journey while working for a company. All businesses should recognize that this moment in time will require them to step up and defend the rights of employees and others facing serious harm.
In her workshops and presentations, Blaise provides awareness, education, and clear direction on how to adopt inclusive HR guidelines and intersectional approaches in navigating reproductive health rights in the workplace.
It's all in the approach...
Human Rights are making headlines across the world. We are in interesting times with heated debates that range all over the map. Rights are being questioned and violated. "It's my right," is a common phrase heard on the media and various social media platforms.
Blaise stumbled across her advocacy when her human rights were being violated by the inhumane treatment of mothers in the healthcare system with her three miscarriages. This violation of rights lit a fire within her soul to be the change and advocate for the rights of mothers, fathers, and their angel babies.
Blaise quickly and effortlessly drew from her past experience being a publicist and channeled those skills to actually create change. "The biggest mistake amongst people fighting for their rights is, they just want to complain but they have no real solution."
Blaise is an active advocate and wants to equip and empower others to be the same. Change won't happen with rants on social media. Change won't take place with brute rebellion and protests. Change happens by building bridges of understanding and empathy.
This is why Blaise has come up with the SMART way to approach activism/advocacy. People in power don't respond to rage and complaints, they respond to meaningful discussions, proposed solutions, and collaboration. The problem is, that the general public doesn't know how to work the system. This is where Blaise comes in. With her 15 years of expertise in journalism, public relations, and unbridled passion, Blaise knows how to play it smart and get results. Her advocacy with Footprints is a proven track record. She is a three-time award-winning humanitarian because she played it SMART.
Do you know what your human rights are? Do you feel the urge to contend for your rights? Have you felt compelled to be the voice for the voiceless? Hire Blaise today and play it SMART!
Strategy - Nothing is ever won without a clear strategy.
Marketing - It's all in how you package it. Be relatable.
Ambassador - Are your actions and words reflecting your values?
Respect - Nothing can be transformed without respect leading the way.
Teamwork - Change can only happen with coming together, striving together, and working together.
A Voice For Human Rights
Canadian Delegate Blaise Hunter - Women's Reproductive Health Rights Presentation at USIDHR Youth Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
Blaise Keynote Speaker - USIDHR Summit 2021
Women's Reproductive Health Rights
"If we claim we are the land of the free and the home of the brave and sing I stand on guard for thee, we must commit to that very atmosphere." Blaise Hunter
What Are Our Basic Rights?
Everyone born in this world has human rights that must be protected by the law. According to the United Nations, there are 30 basic human rights that are recognized around the world.
So what are the 30 human rights according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
by the United Nations?
This declaration held by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France on 10 December 1948. Of the then 58 members of the United Nations, 48 voted in favour, none against, eight abstained, and two did not vote. This declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights. Those 30 articles currently known as 30 universal declaration of human rights or 30 basic human rights, including rights to life, rights to education, rights to organize and rights to be treated fair among others things. The 30 universal human rights also cover freedom of opinion, expression, thought and religion.
Here is the full list of 30 human rights according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations, signed in Paris on 10 December 1948. (Note: even though your country may have agreed to these rights with the United Nations, each country has to ratify these and make them law in their own country.)
1. All human beings are free and equal. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood.
2. No discrimination. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs.
3. Right to life. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
4. No slavery. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
5. No torture and inhuman treatment. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
7. Equal before the law. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation and against any incitement to such discrimination.
8. Right to treated fair by court. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
9. No unfair detainment. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
10. Right to trial. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him/her.
11. Innocent until proved guilty. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his/her defence. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed.
12. Right to privacy. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
13. Freedom to movement and residence. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his/her country.
14. Right to asylum. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
15. Right to nationality. Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his/her nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality
16. Rights to marry and have family. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
17. Right to own things. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
18. Freedom of thought and religion. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
19. Freedom of opinion and expression. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
20. Right to assemble. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
21. Right to democracy. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his/her country.
22. Right to social security. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his/her personality.
23. Right to work. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his/her interests.
24. Right to rest and holiday. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
25. Right of social service. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and of their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children shall enjoy the same social protection.
26. Right to education. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
27. Right of cultural and art — Copyright. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he/she is the author.
28. Freedom around the world. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
29. Responsiblity. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
30. Human rights can’t be taken away. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
It is sad even though so many countries signed off on these basic human rights, most didn't ratify them and make them law in their own countries. This we where we come in. Let us remind our government what and who we are fighting for. Let us put humankindness back into humanity. Let us educate ourselves. Let us champion our rights and advocate for those who cannot fight for themselves!
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