Vijber lectures on human rights at university

POSTED: 12/9/14 11:26 AM

St. Maarten -The University of St. Martin and the St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance For Equality (Safe) Foundation host a lecture on human rights tomorrow from 7.30 to 9 p.m. at USM. Lecturer for the evening is Denise Vijber from Curacao.

Vijber, a cultural anthropologist and sociologist, worked for Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs, heading up Women’s Desk for a time, before returning to Curacao, where she now studies law.

Vijber’s lecture will focus on human rights; what they are, how they originated and how applicable they are for situations on St. Maarten. She will specifically look at how human rights impact minority groups, locally, regionally and internationally. Vijber will also suggest ways forward for minority groups on the island.

Safe is a non-profit LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) foundation that is a member of the Pink Orange Alliance, the umbrella network for LGBT organizations in St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba. Through the Pink Orange Alliance, Safe is linked to COC, an LGBT advocacy group in The Netherlands.

The core objectives of Safe are to promote the social acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people and to create an island free of stigma and discrimination towards them in particular, but also towards all people in general. Safe promotes personal empowerment by encouraging people to be aware of their sexuality, sexual identity and social situations. Finally Safe offers support to LGBT people in general.

Safe was symbolically incorporated on International Human Right’s Day, December 10, 2013. President of the foundation, Lysanne Charles–Arrindell explains that, “the incorporation date fell on International Human Rights Day to highlight the importance of equality and fair treatment for all people. It’s is important to bring more awareness to International Human Rights Day, not just because of the anniversary of the organization, but because it is a concept that St. Maarten/St. Martin must begin to have more awareness of human rights on all fronts, specifically as it pertains to minority groups.”

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