Why “Human Rights Warrior”?

Simon 4yo
My son Simon inspired the Human Rights Warrior

It all began, as so many things do, with a misunderstanding. I was putting my son Simon to bed one night when he said,

“Mommy … What’s it like to be a human rights warrior?”
“But I’m not a human rights warrior. I’m a human rights lawyer.”

He waited a couple of seconds – this kid has an uncanny sense of comedic timing – before wrinkling up his little nose and asking,

“What’s a LAWYER?”

reykjavik-kidsI’ll never know what kind of weapons he thought I was secretly carrying in my briefcase because the description of my actual job put him right to sleep. But this bedtime exchange got me thinking.  While I have many stories from my experiences in human rights work,  most of them I have never shared with anybody. Stories of human rights abuses don’t exactly lend themselves to pleasant cocktail party conversation.

As a parent, however, I am challenged to distill these experiences into something that my kids can understand and profit from.  My goal when I started writing the Human Rights Warrior was to think more intentionally about what I have learned from my work in human rights so that I may pass these lessons along to my three kids.

Looking back after nearly two years, I’ve surprised myself with the range of things I have written about.  Of course, I have written about Family and Parenting, including Raising Boys Not To Be Total Jerks and Talking to My Kids About Death.  But I frankly didn’t expect that I would learn as much from my kids as they would from me (see, for example, Hockey Moms and The Definition of Family.  But I’ve also written about:

I have to admit that I NEVER imagined that I would include posts with recipes (see Food) or Humor, but these are important parts of my life as well.  Welcome to my world! Who knows what’s next?

As Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.”

bud stories 2You CAN make the world a better place!  Learning about human rights issues is a good first step.  Please join me and my family on this Human Rights Warrior journey.  You can also follow along with social media: Facebook (Humanrightswarrior), Twitter (@jprestholdt), Pintrest (jprestholdt), LinkedIn, etc.  Thank you for reading!

37 thoughts on “Why “Human Rights Warrior”?

  1. Ian Webster December 11, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Longer or not, it’s a great About page, well done.
    Your opening is a real draw-in.


  2. soroilily December 11, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    Nicely done. Like Ian said the opening is too good. It’s good for everyone to know there rights.


    • humanrightswarrior January 1, 2013 / 10:11 pm

      Denise! Thank you so much! I am honored. Best wishes for 2013! ~ Jennifer


  3. dogear6 June 3, 2013 / 12:10 am

    I love it when the kids blurt out an unintentional truth. Warrior is a much better description than lawyer.



    • humanrightswarrior June 3, 2013 / 12:41 pm

      I love it when kids to that, too. And “warrior” is definitely a much more glamorous title! I wear it proudly. Thanks for your comment, Nancy.


  4. Saba-Thambi October 15, 2013 / 12:15 am

    Good description of your work on “about”.
    Someone has to fight for the underdogs and you are doing a marvelous job!
    Best wishes for the future endeavors.



  5. Beauty Along the Road November 30, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    I love that sign “Beauty Therapy Department” – goes right along with your statement that you were surprised to include food and humor in your blog. Food and humor nourish us through the rough parts of being human!


    • humanrightswarrior December 1, 2013 / 11:41 am

      Yes, very true! As it evolves, this blog is really helping me to understand the fullness of being human and that human rights is really about everything a human needs to live to their fullest potential. Thanks for your insightful comment! (That photo is from a women’s skills training program in Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana.)


      • Beauty Along the Road December 1, 2013 / 12:49 pm

        Where in Ghana is Buduburam? I didn’t even know there were refugee settlements there….Am familiar with Accra and Kumasi a bit…


        • humanrightswarrior December 1, 2013 / 10:53 pm

          There were several Liberian refugee settlements, but Buduburam was the largest. Buduburam is a town about 30 km outside of Accra, just down the coastal road. When I was first there in 2007, there were more than 30,000 Liberians living there. Many had been there, living in limbo for 20 years! It is officially closed now, although there are still Liberians and other West African refugees living in the area. I was there 3 times between 2007-2010 and have written several posts about it.


          • Beauty Along the Road December 1, 2013 / 10:57 pm

            I thought it might have been a Liberian settlement. I can’t imagine 20 yrs of “temporary” living like that.


  6. Preethi Raj Nair December 15, 2013 / 5:02 am

    One of the best written About pages I came across on WordPress! So here take a follow!


  7. Capt Jill January 12, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    great about page! I love the conversation with your son that explains your blog. It did it’s job, I’m going to follow you.😉


    • humanrightswarrior January 12, 2014 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you! Everyone is welcome – especially captains on journeys! Nice to meet you, Jill.


  8. tanyakschenck May 12, 2014 / 5:32 am

    I have been reading your blog for more than couple of months now and have learned a lot. It is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.
    Thank You,
    Tanya Schenck


    • humanrightswarrior May 13, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      Hi Tanya,
      Thanks for following and nice to meet you! I’m sorry but I am not taking guest posts at this time. But I look forward to checking out what’s on YOUR blog!
      Best wishes,


  9. chouchamelle June 5, 2014 / 8:50 am

    Your blog is very inspiring, thanks! And I love the name as well🙂


  10. patricia October 12, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Your story about how you became a human rights warrior reinforces my deep belief in the magic of children. Love it!


    • humanrightswarrior October 13, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Thanks so much, Patricia! I agree, there is so much wonder and magic in children.


  11. squidtee February 17, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I saw your post about why you love your teen son, (I’m horrible at remembering titles, sorry) on Freshly Pressed, (Congrats btw) and as a teen myself, I think you hit the nail on the head. I dont quite agree with everything you post about concerning human rights exactly, as some of it goes against the Bible, but you are a clean blogger with morals and a wonderful talent for writing, and I appreciate that. So thanks for showing me that not everybody has stereotypes against teens, and that there are some posts worth reading on Freshly Pressed.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jennifer Prestholdt February 18, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Squidtea. We don’t have to all agree on everything – the important thing is that everyone has the right to an opinion and the ability to express it. I appreciate that you are doing that, both in your comment and on your blog. You are a talented photographer – I look forward to seeing more of your work. I’m not much of a photographer, but I love to participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge on Fridays. Best wishes to you!

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  12. pndrgn99 February 17, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    I Enjoyed viewing your site. We have a lot in common including being inspired by our children. I also remember that it’s easy to get so busy getting what I need to get done done that I forgot what it was I was really doing, when the company forgot I left a human services.
    BTW: thank you for taking the time to read my post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jennifer Prestholdt February 18, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Nice to meet you, Alex! And I look forward to reading MORE of your posts! Best to you and your family.


  13. animella March 20, 2015 / 7:38 am

    You had me at the start. I came here through your post about how brilliant teenagers are (you’re right!) and I always used to say maybe my daughter might want to be a human rights laywer… human rights warrior sounds even better!!! Keep up the good work, i will be happy to follow you and read some more. Much admiration to you🙂


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