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" the end that every individual...shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these (Human) rights and freedoms..."

(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The General Assembly Proclamation)

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The Convention of the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children, defined as persons up to age 18 years. In 41 substantive articles, it establishes in international law that States Parties must ensure that all children - without discrimination in any form:

  • Benefit from special protection measures and assistance

  • Have access to services such as education and health care

  • Can develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential

  • Grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding

  • Are informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child highlights and upholds the primary importance of families -especially parents - in protecting children's rights.

The Convention refers to the role of parents and families directly and charges governments with protecting and assisting families in fulfilling their essential role as nurturers of their children.

Protecting the rights of children everywhere is the responsibility of each adult. Dr. Starland enjoys working with the organizations, governments and families that support the well-being of each and every child.

*For more information check out the International Human Rights Workbook (for students 14-19 years) in our Bookstore. An excellent introduction to our guaranteed basic human rights as they apply to each of us. Currently used by NGO's and schools worldwide.

Certificate of Appreciation to K-lee Starland, Ph.D For Camp CEO Support Girl Scouts of America, Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989. It entered into force (legally binding on States Parties) in September 1990. Only two States still have not ratified this Convention of the Right of the Child. The United States of America has NOT ratified.

Children's Rights

Women's Rights

"…the full and complete development of a country, the welfare of the world and the cause of peace require the maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields."

-CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)

We live in a Patriarchal (male dominated) global society. Whether they be high-income countries or low-medium income countries makes no difference. The majority of the world's States (countries) are patriarchal. In most all of these States, whatever rights women have attained have come through blood, sweat, tears and perseverance.

On 18 December 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It entered into force as an international treaty on 3 September 1981 after the twentieth country had ratified it. By the tenth anniversary of the Convention in 1989, almost one hundred nations had agreed to be bound by its provisions. The United States of America is NOT one of them. (The United States of America signed the agreement seventeen years and has, to date, still not ratified it).

In the USA, a woman dies every 7 minutes at the hands of a husband, boyfriend or acquaintance.

Woman's rights are fundamental to human rights. After all, women are one-half of humanity. The Convention gives positive affirmation to the principle of equality by requiring States Parties to take "all appropriate measures, including legislations, to ensure the full development and advancement of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of human rights and the fundamental freedoms on a basis of equality with men" (Article 3)

K-lee Starland Ph.D., LLc works tirelessly to promote, advocate and defend women's rights everywhere.

"Teaching women about dangerous relationships in your workshop format presented

critical information that every woman should be aware of. Dr. Starland easily relates to her

audience while teaching a very powerful message."

-Beth. H., Haven House, YWCA, United Way

The international guidelines of standards and principles of behavior for global human rights was designed and declared on 10 December 1948 and entitled Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This important document states clearly in 30 Articles that the rights to life, liberty and security of person are essential to the enjoyment of all other rights such as:

  • Freedom from slavery

  • Freedom from torture

  • Freedom from arbitrary arrest

  • Freedom from interference with family

  • The right to recognition before the law

  • The right to a fair trial

  • The right to marry and have a family

  • The right to freedom of thought

  • The right to peaceful assembly

  • The right to work and the right to equal pay for equal work

  • The right to an education

  • The right to rest and leisure

  • The right to participate in the cultural life of communities

Often there is a very long time lapse between what is approved in writing and what is made actuality in daily life. It is only through awareness and action that monumental change in attitude and behavior can take place. Dr. Starland promotes these inspirational, basic human rights through Peace Quest, a program for public educational awareness.

"The only positive thing happened is the emergence of strong women's movement with the

inception of Women's Action Forum in 1981. Thank you very much for helping us by promoting

our work in USA."

-Anis Harroon, Women's Action Forum, Pakistan

"Human rights are what reason requires and conscience demands. They are us and we are them. Human rights are rights that any person has as a human being. We are all human beings; we are all deserving of human rights. One cannot be true without the other."

-Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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