Revolutions happen all of a sudden – they are violent and can take many lives; some of them bring better future. But there are those revolutions that are silent – they last for years, generations and they are not visible by most of the people.
One of the most important revolutions of our time is the fight of establishing human rights as the essential law everywhere. The fight for the human rights is as old as civilization but it got its final shape during the last century when we became more globalized and constantly inovating some new luxurious things to enrich our life. One must come to thinking how is it possible that nowadays when we live in the era of modern technologies where long distances are connected with the internet, where you take for granted every single thing there are a lot of people who wake up every day fearing for their own existance.
There are so many places, so many stories about the unability to practice the basic human rights one is granted since the first breathe made on this world but there is one part of the world where tradtitional values are the ones not allowing a lot of people to feel safe, loved and most of all, to simply be human beings. Recently, those countries of proud people started opening themselves towards the west and started using the term „human rights“, but sadly they are so far away from saying that they respect the human rights.
Nowadays there are a lot of movements, organizations and societies, both local and international that are raising awareness of human rights and their importance. The aim of those organizations is to educate young people, but in many cases both formal and informal education these young people receive is telling them that some human rights are ‘wrong’. The tradition of some countries is strong, more influential than the human rights or any other law.
These couple of days, young people from Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, Romania, Italy and UK gathered in Pogradec, a lovely Albanian city on the Ohrid lake to discuss how theatre can help us in raising awareness of human rights.
When asked about is tradition opposing human rights all of them agreed that traditional values are the ones that are stopping our societies to reach the full respect of the human rights. Bree from Albania and Fazil from Turkey agreed that patriarchal societies in their countries are the ones preventing any progress when it comes to gender equality. Milkica from Macedonia said that people are too afraid even to talk about the human rights violation in the media. Sonja from Serbia thinks that the society is the one who is aware of the violations but simply chooses to look away when the situations happen. Misha from Romania and Artina from Kosovo both agree that it’s not tradition that is opposing but the people and the mentality. Ryan from UK said that when it comes to gender equality men should be more aware of the inequality and try to fix it.
After hearing all of this, we must come to thinking is it the right time try and shape our new traditional values that will have in the basis all the human rights. It is the responsibility of this generation to create a set of new values and traditions – for the sake of humanity.