PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Jason Day of Australia walks from the fourth tee during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 08, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)Jason Day might be a fan of Ohio State, but his relationship with Jim Harbaugh might put him on shaky grounds with people in Columbus. Prior to the start of the 2019 Memorial Tournament, Day spoke about his ties to two legendary coaches.Leading up to the PGA Championship, Day received a text from Harbaugh about possibly getting him tickets. They’ve been friends since Harbaugh’s days as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.Even though Day is pretty close with Harbaugh, the Australian golfer also has connections with Urban Meyer.When asked about being friends with two coaches that were rivals in the Big Ten, Day said “I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”This is a pretty awesome way of Day admitting that he won’t pick a side when it comes to choosing Harbaugh or Meyer. However, he did throw in a subtle remark about how he’d like to see Ohio State continue beating Michigan.Check it out:Jason Day told us he’s been a friends with Jim Harbaugh for years. He’s also tight with Urban Meyer.”I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”@JDayGolf @CoachJim4UM @MemorialGolf pic.twitter.com/OuIhmWdKGO— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 28, 2019Day probably won’t have many fans in Ann Arbor after that last comment. Nonetheless, it’s still great to see athletes and coaches from different sports connect on a personal level.As for this year’s Memorial Tournament, Day is off to a strong start in the opening round with a current score of two under par.
“Countless women are exposed to complex forms of human rights violations based on both religion or belief and their sex,” said Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.The expert’s latest report, which he presented to the Third Committee, focused on two human rights, namely freedom of religion or belief and gender equality. “My main message is that there is much more room for synergies between those two rights than people generally assume,” he told reporters after his presentation.“Often you find the assumption that, you go either for religion or for gender emancipation and you can’t really combine the two, which I would find not only wrong but dangerous.” The expert urged Governments and civil society to look for these synergies, noting that in virtually all traditions, there are persons or groups who use their freedom of religion or belief to promote equality between men and women, often in conjunction with innovative interpretations of religious sources and traditions.In his presentation, Mr. Bielefeldt also called on States to identify and close human rights protection gaps in personal status laws, including denominational family laws, which disproportionately affect women from religious or belief minorities. “The purpose must be to create family law systems that fully respect equality between men and women while at the same time doing justice to the broad reality of religious or belief diversity, including persuasions that go beyond the realm of traditionally recognized religions,” he stated.One particularly grave abuse when freedom of religion or belief clashes with gender equality is forced conversion in combination with forced marriage, said Mr. Bielefeldt.“In a number of countries, women or girls from religious minorities run the risk of being abducted with the purpose of forcing them to convert to mainstream religion – often in connection with an unwanted marriage.”The expert’s report offers recommendations to, among other things, integrate a gender perspective into programmes designed to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. They also make annual presentations to the General Assembly’s Third Committee.