February 4th, 2021
A Letter to My Fellow Humans,
Beginning this year, every February 4th we will mark the International Day of Human Fraternity. Today we celebrate the incredible physical, cultural, religious, and spiritual diversity of the human race and the dream that, collectively, we humans strive for inclusivity as the pathway to peace, equity, and freedom.
Over the last year, a lot of scary things have happened. Many people have suffered because of violence, sickness, loneliness, and hunger. Many people have been hurt because of the color of their skin or because of who they love or because of the God they choose to worship. Many people are not heard at all when they whisper or even cry out for help.
Addressing these injustices is complicated and will require hard work from all of us. In Amanda Gorman’s brilliant words:
“For there is always light;
If only we’re brave enough to see it;
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
In my day job, I have the opportunity to work for an inspiring leader, Dr. Taroub Faramand, toward achieving WI-HER’s mission: to employ an integrated, multi-sectoral approach that links health with education, rule of law, and agriculture to improve outcomes and achieve sustained development, leading to better, healthier lives for women and men, and girls and boys. We are committed to the rights of all peoples, indiscriminate of sex, race, religion, sexuality, economic level, or disability; and we give voice to those most marginalized.
The world will continue to be scary at times, but I invite you to join me today as I look in the mirror and tell myself:
- I am worthy of love and respect, and I will love and respect others.
- I have great ideas, and I will listen to other people’s ideas.
- I am curious, and I will be patient as I seek answers about things that I don’t understand.
- I am strong, and I will support people who need help.
- I practice science, and I will share what I learn with others.
Peace Be With You,