Why are we caught up in a World of materialism? Why are girls under the age 18 married off every 3 second to a normally much older man? Why are so many children under the age of 18 used as prostitutes, labourers, and workers? Why are so many children abused everyday? Why are so many articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights violated? Why are we letting this happen?
Why is a question I have asked from a young age it is a question I still ask now. It is a question that I don't think I will ever stop asking. It can be a broad question it can be narrow but there are so many out there.
I am one of those people who wants to help everyone but I can't. I have issues that I care about and they are listed above. I have found out that it is not easy to raise awareness. We live in a World of materialism and boy bands. We need to start looking for solutions and put an end to these horrible why questions. I hope that one these things will change but now we need to raise awareness and save these children from a life where they have no education or a life other than this abuse that they have to cope for the rest of their lives. We need to make a change to these children!
You were born an original. Don't die a copy. - John Mason
Every day in magazines, television, movies etc we are bombarded with images of the supposedly perfect body. These air-brushed, photo shopped beauties send most of us, especially females into a frenzy. We as Westerners are told that the perfect image is an incredibly thin person with perfectly straight hair, a perfect face that is caked in make-up with tight clothing.
The sad truth is most of us will not look like this BUT why do we have to abide by what society says is beauty. This is not a healthy obsession, it is one that causes pain. We have all seen young women and girls try so hard to look like this they have developed eating disorders. In Australia anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, self-harm and other forms of psychological illnesses affect young women and it now is becoming more common in young men. We spend money on make-up, weight-loss pills, anything that will make us feel better and more beautiful. We as females try to hide any imperfection that we may have by caking any pimples with make-up (as you can see I have no knowledge of make-up), clothing to hide any stomach we may have, paint our nails to cover discolouring, straightening our hair thinking it will change us etc.
We are still the same on the inside. BUT WHY? We are all perfect as cliché as it sounds we are. Especially YOU, the reader of this article. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. You are perfect in every single way. We all have qualities that make us unique, we were made for a reason. Remember it.
One tip; Every time you stare into the mirror and find one negative, find two positive.
"Every three seconds a girl under the age of 18 is married off to a man normally twice her age," reported Reuters in August 2011. Being a teenager, I was utterly disgusted at the way these teenage girls are treated. They are the same age as me; yet they are already married. They have next to no chance of being educated, have a risk of being abused and developing HIV/AIDS from their husbands. They have no choice and no say in who they want to marry. It is up to their fathers, they do not marry for love but because they have little or no control over their lives. Poverty controls their life.
I can sit here and think "oh it will get better one day. I should stop worrying my head off about these girls. It is going to be alright". But it is up to us to tell the world what is happening. I live in a world obsessed with technology, looks and materialism. This makes it hard to raise awareness about these devastating issues. I feel as though nobody cares! We need to tell these girls that they are thought about and cared about. We need to show our sisters that they are loved because we chose to care and we want to care.
We can choose to do nothing OR we can get out there and try to save them from the life they have, give them an education and stop the abuse! They are the future and so are we. I say we get out there and make a difference to these girls!