Thursday, January 11, 2018

Oprah Time

As speculation grows over whether Oprah Winfrey has presidential ambitions, we decided to dig a little into her human rights record.  Of course, having never held elective office, Oprah hasn't been called on to take formal positions on pending treaties or government policies that might raise human rights concerns.  Her charitable work certainly centers on human rights-related issues, focusing on education for students of color, women's rights and children's rights. 

We were particularly interested to learn that she has taken on a special role in promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In October 2017, her Oprah Winfrey Network staged a sneak preview of its new film project "Belief" at the UN, and Oprah herself spoke to the gathered group, along with the President of the UN General Assembly.  The focus of the gathering was promoting international action on the SDGs.   

Support of the SDGs is not enough to qualify for the presidency, for sure, but at the same time, it's nice to dream of a leader who knows what they are.

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