The Lacombe chapter of Amnesty International volunteers recently held on Write For Rights event to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
The event, co-organized by Winnie Chesney Settle, was a way for people to lend their voices to people throughout the world who have had their rights taken away from them.
“We are writing with Amnesty International all across Canada and around the world on behalf of people who are in very difficult situations throughout the world,” she said. “This year we are doing 10 women who are having troubles in the countries the are living in. Some are in jail and some are being targeted and threatened. They are having very difficult times.”
Chesney Settle said it is important for these woman to know that people in the world care about them and believe in what they are trying to achieve.
“We will stand by and try to be there for them in any way we can. For so many of us, it really is the way the number of letters we can send to let them know we are with them,” she said.
This year, the group wrote 120 letters in support of these women and the group encourages Lacombe residents to go online to Amnesty International’s website at amnesty.ca to see how they can help out.
“I think we all need to become more aware of what is happening in our world and what is happening around the world,” Chesney Settle said. “We need to make it a better place for people to live, grow, to be fed and to follow the Declaration of Human Rights, which is being undermined in so many countries.”
Chesney Settle is thankful allows her group and people throughout the world to have a voice for human rights.
“I think the numbers count when we stand up and say we can be a better world. Find out more about it. Google Amnesty international and see the kind of things and situations people are dealing with and how we can help,” she said.
Chesney Settle also said the groups work is personally appealing.
“We all know how good it is to pass on a kindness and keep it going. That can go with the butterfly wings — flapping around the world. We do need to be aware of human rights for everyone because when it comes right down to it — it is for ourselves too,” she said.