Last week on #WkndMmts, we brought you news about the supermoon, Disney’s decision to cast Chinese actress Liu Yi Fei as Mulan, BTS member Seokjin’s birthday (#WorldwideHandsomeDay) and the Standard Chartered Marathon in Singapore.
This week, we bring you news on:
- The legalization of same-sex marriage in two more countries
- Human Rights Day
- Day 3 of the BTS Wings Tour Final
Last week, days apart from each other, Austria and Australia both chose to legalize same-sex marriage. This was naturally a cause for celebration amongst the LGBTQ+ as well as those who have been fighting for marriage equality across the world. The decision itself, as well as the celebratory messages thereafter, led to the hashtag #marriageequality trending on Twitter. Other trending tags of the same nature were #lovewins and #australiasaysyes.
Marriage means the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
User @jennypenny789 posted a shot of Australian politicians celebrating as various parties came together in their parliament to vote “yes” to marriage equality and pass the law.
Here’s a short video of the moment that the act was passed.
I just saw that #MarriageEquality just passed in Australia! Congrats to everyone that pushed so hard to make this day a reality.
Here’s the moment it happened. pic.twitter.com/cyvbJ2obAO
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) December 7, 2017
The It Gets Better Project, whose mission is to “uplift, empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe”, posted an image in celebration of the decision.
The National Gallery of Victoria posted a video of rainbow lights flashing in front of the museum in commemoration of the event.
Even Ben & Jerry’s in Australia is celebrating the decision by offering free cones of ice-cream tonight. To our Australian readers, if you read this in time and want to celebrate marriage equality with them, do make sure to go grab a cone!
Human Rights Day
As the 10th of December is Human Rights Day, many individuals and organizations took to various social media platforms to advocate the human rights causes they have been fighting for. For the uninitiated, human rights refer to the articles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document conceptualized after the horrors of the Second World War. Nations who sign this document agree, in principle, to uphold the individual’s various rights, including the right to life and liberty among others.
UNESCO, the educational, scientific and cultural arm of the United Nations, posted a video in promotion of equal dignity, rights and respect.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) December 11, 2017
While the World Health Organization spoke up about health (and healthcare) as a human right.
He for She, a United Nations solidarity movement popularized by actress Emma Watson, used the opportunity to speak about the importance of women’s rights.
— HeForShe (@HeForShe) December 10, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued a statement on Human Rights Day. He mentioned some of the actions that have recently been taken to uphold the values of human rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and also vowed to continue advancing these human rights in the time to come.
On #HumanRightsDay, and every day, let’s come together to build a world where e