Girls Rising. The movie that promotes change.

Heard of this movie? Girls rising. It’s a documentary showcasing eight different stories about girls from the young age of 8-12 in different parts of the world. Those include: Haiti, Egypt, Afghanistan and Nepal. All of the girls in these movies are real, and their accounts of injustice, also very real.

In the movie it is mentioned that there are 33 million fewer girls enrolled in school than boys. This is due to the unjust systems that are installed in different countries. Where boys have more of a chance to get further in school than girls. They are left behind at home to cook, clean and reproduce. Or even worse. Sold into slavery.

Ever heard the term Kamlari? I doubt it. Kamlari girls could be compared to children sold into slavery. Young girls at the tender age of six is being sold off to slavery. To be fair to the parent in this case some must do this since they can’t provide for the child in question. However, that doesn’t excuse the fact that they sent their child away to provide for themselves.

This practice is in effect Nepal, even though it’s been outlawed by the government in 2004. The local authorities may know about a few kamlaris but they don’t bother with it.  There are still thousands of girls that have been former kamlaris and there are still kamlaris even today. One of those former kamlaris was Suma which was featured as a story in this very film.

Suma was only 6 when her parents shipped her away as a kamlari to different masters. In total she was at three different houses with three different masters. She was uneducated and only did labour at the master’s house. However, at the third house a woman showed up. She demanded that Suma be set free and returned to the parent. The master naturally refused. But that woman was persistent. She came by again and again with the same demand until finally the demands were met. Suma was returned to her parents and she continued her education.

That woman was with the NYO. The Nepal Youth Organization. Their main objective is to rescue kamlaris from their slavery and then help them with their education. Their cause has helped many and will help many more. Suma is along with them and is adding her voice alongside others that demand freedom of the Kamlaris.

Slavery still exists. You may avert your eyes from it, but you can’t deny it. Children are still in chains and people are focusing their attention on their own affairs. Shall we just turn a blind eye to other people’s problems and just focus on surviving our own? Some do, others don’t. And those who don’t are the ones solving problems that not even the government will pick up on.

Sources:

https://www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/

The movie «Girl Rising»

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Elimination of Poverty. A Complicated problem with too many easy solutions.

The words above are simple right? Elimination of extreme poverty. Today most people live quite comfortably. With access to a job, home, food and so on. But as always there is a bad side to the good. People live day by day without getting the basic needs and are not able to get a job. You mind must have immediately switched to Africa, but the problem isn’t only there. It’s global.

In the US, In Indonesia, In Brazil and practically every country on the planet there are people who barely scrape by the basic needs a Human requires. This is Poverty. Not being able to get the bacic thing we take for granted now like food, shelter and safety.

So, what can we do? The obvious thing we can do I share the wealth right? Well you don’t want to give away the money you have don’t ya? So why don’t just give away old clothes that no longer serves any purpose as compensation. You help a poor soul and can feel pat yourself on the back about it. Well I got news for you. Giving away things hurts the local economy. If a person has the items they desire acquired without purchasing from local businesses, there will be no money going around in the economy. This happened in Kenya with the Texture industry taking heavy hits when a lot of clothes were given away. This cost people jobs in the industry therefore making the problem worse. Good intentions, bad execution.

Okay, so we should just give the government money to fix the problems of poverty right? Well there’s a problem with that solution. Once you give them the money, what control do you have once you’ve given them the money? This is what happened in Ethiopia. Perhaps the most well-known scam on the globe that the dictator is pulling. Around 30 billion dollars have been given and the world has yet to see an improvement of the famines and drought relief in the country.

So… can we solve it? Yes, but there is too little time spent on thinking of solutions.  Just throwing money at the problem will not solve anything. Neither will giving away stuff that will only hurt the local economy.  The only way we can guarantee that something will be done is to organize the money gathering. By buying supplies that help the local populace, like food and water. By doing this a child for example can have more time to go to school instead of providing for the family.

In conclusion. Poverty isn’t just something concentrated in Africa. But it’s the most widespread there. With good solutions we can fix the problems and poverty will be exterminated. But with corruption and misused resources, a problem can be become bigger. It may be slow, but change will happen. Because when times moves forward, so does the progress to change.

 

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/06/second-hand-clothing-donations-kenya

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/03/03/ethiopias-cruel-con-game/#733ff8ef29d0