With all the celebrity deaths, a Trump presidential victory and the usual chaos and turmoil in the world and our personal lives many people are talking about how bad 2016 was. Last year was, as usual, full of the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s worth reflecting on so we know what’s important going forward.
- Human Rights:
- Data from the CIVICUS Monitor 3.2 billion people live where freedoms are badly repressed or nonexistent.
- The radical alt-right will soon control the most powerful country in the world.
- The U.N has turned into powerless money pit.
- Religion: There are still close 6 billion people who identify as a specific religion worldwide. Different religions still wage war like the Shia and Shiite Muslims always have always have or the Burma conflict or The Boko Haram in Nigeria. This is a list of religion based violence five pages long and that’s just for 2016.
Clearly work to be done and there is always hope. This blog won’t allow the mass media and the naysayers to destroy that. Humanity, despite all of the problems, continues to push forward. Here are some examples from 2016:
In February, Ontario announced a $100 million initiative to curb violence against indigenous women.
Denmark no longer defines transgender as a mental illness, and Canada announced a ban on transgender discrimination.
Following the end of conflict in Colombia in 2016, all of the war in the world is now limited to an arc that contains less than a sixth of the world’s population.
Homelessness in the United States declined by 35% since 2007, and Los Angeles committed to $1.2 billion to help get more people off the street.
Opponents of female genital mutilation scored a major victory when the Pan African Parliament endorsed a continent-wide ban.
A few other great lists
99 reasons was 2016 was a good year.
It was a good year but going forward we must all keep on fighting the good fight against hate, violence and suppression of democracy and our human rights that happens even right here at home. This blog sure as hell will and so should you.