Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: human rights

Do we have any rights at all?

When We Lose the One we Depend On As a person with a diagnosis of mental illness, dependent on others for your everyday needs, have you ever wondered what would happen if your husband, wife, or other caregiver were to die? Will your rights be protected? I fear for mine. Were your husband or wife […]

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Denied our human right to speak and be heard

I have spoken with anger at the injustice I see towards people with mental illness like me. But angry words are not always counted as valid representations of what is believable and true. And so if that’s the way things are, I will endeavor to speak with the grief underneath that anger. You will hear […]

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Heroes of human rights – A life worth living, Part 4

Like all of us, the individuals you’ll read about didn’t have easy lives. They faced difficulties, but despite those difficulties, their lives were full and meaningful. That’s what happens when you find something worth living for. What are some of the obstacles keeping you from living a full life? Are you focusing more on those […]

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Justice – A life worth living. Part 2

The justice this book will talk about is the entitlement for everyone to have the same fundamental human rights—the right to equality and dignity, the freedom from all forms of discrimination. There are many human rights movements active today. All people in our world deserve to be treated justly—regardless of race, colour, gender, disability, and […]

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A God-shaped void

  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, […]

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Part 19 – Human rights for all

  We have talked a great deal about human rights in this A Voice of One Calling series. Human rights define what we are all entitled to—a life of equality, dignity, respect. A life that is free of discrimination. It’s how we should expect to be treated as a person. In the last story we […]

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Part 18 – Malala Yousafzai (1997 – )

  Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. She became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child. Malala attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. In September 2008, after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat, she gave a speech in […]

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1. Our rights – not for myself alone

I’ve gone far enough with my story. There’s lots more, but much is already covered elsewhere. I now want to tell you what motivated me to write this series. I feel my rights as a human being, and the rights of others with mental illness, are too often considered unimportant. Yet, not taking them seriously […]

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