In Defense of Human Rights with Amber Heard


I’m so thrilled to be joined by
Amber Heard actress and activist. Lemme see – I know a thing or
two about mics. [Laughter] She’s coming, but thank you.
[Audience laughs] I started volunteering at a soup
kitchen before school because I didn’t have time to do
it any time other than summers. So every morning before school
I started going there and I think that’s when I got
addicted to the give-back. And I learned a lot, I learned
a lot about people. And, really, not what separates
us but how similar we are I moved to L.A. when I was
young, had no money and having nothing but time I
wound up finding a way I could work with children in children’s
hospitals. I started developing a
relationship with the United Nations Human Rights. I could not have found an
institution more aligned with my core principles
or values. An institution that was
founded on and serves to represent and protect the
articles that are set forth in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. The basic pledge involves saying
if anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s human
rights are denied. Eleanor Roosevelt’s always
been a hero of mine. This woman just rose to such
tremendous personal and professional heights as a woman
in her time and did so with very firm
belief and views and respect for racial, gender, economic
equality. Women’s rights are human rights. There’s a reason why the first
two articles, which lay out all human beings are free and
equal and that we all, no matter your gender, your race, your
creed, your colour, your political opinion, lack
thereof, we all deserve to be free and equal. It’s an incredible feat – to
think that this declaration could very much embody the
essence of what it means to be a responsible, ethical, moral
human being that’s also motivated to protect that in
others because to protect it in others is
to protect it in you. In your hand – I’m just pointing
at the one phone I see, but in your hand is the power
to change the world and it’s not hyperbole. Look at how different the world
was two and a half years ago There was no one saying, “Her
story, what about her?” There was no Me Too. I’ve been complaining and
talking about this and trying to engage this discussion since
I arrived in Hollywood 16 years ago. But in the last three years seeing the energy, the support,
the galvanisation, the grass roots support that’s
come up to change the communal, cultural conversation
and attitude. It’s no longer the job of
activists, or soley for activists, cause Id
still like to be a part of the conversation. It’s not longer the job for
politicians or outdated institutions. It’s our job to make the world
we want to live in.

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