The World as One   
The United,   
The Shared,   
and for the Better...
By Cindy S. Cho   
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Bellevue Senior High School, Bellevue, WA
Global Issues
During the last few years, I grew concerns and curiosities for certain matters that surfaced throughout current events. Although I am still inexperienced and have yet to entirely grasp these issues more extensively or come up with viable solutions, I have so far developed my own sentiments on what is most urgent to repair in this world with the knowledge that I have.
Women's Rights in the World
Although small successes throughout the last decades have been enforced, like women gaining more parliament positions in Africa or the improvement in the number of countries that do not allow women to vote decreasing, the change is coming about very incrementally. The last widespread change that was made was the nearly universal ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forums of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a women's rights treaty. Even though advancements have been made in certain areas like Morocco and India with this treaty, the changes are not necessarily sweeping. Thirty years after its ratification, this treaty has still failed to alter issues within social exclusion, honor killings, sex trafficking, and female genital mutilation. Some women have yet to see fixes in failed health systems and access to education. I became particularly concerned with women's rights when I found out that there was even a term labeled "feminization of poverty", saying females are gradually suffering the most from poverty. I am a firm believer, like many other international leaders, that women's freedoms should not inhibited by religion or cultural traditions. Women are simply humans that should be born with the same rights and privileges as males, no matter the part of the world. I believe that there are fundamental guarantees to all human beings, regardless of their physical identities.
Inequality involved in Climate Change
Renowned conferences like COP establishes countries into agreement on implementing climate change policies in order to contain global warming, but I found out that some of the inequalities involved in poor environmental sustainability is seldom addressed. Climate change is understood as a major global issue to most of the public, but most focus on how developed countries can finance undeveloped countries to mobilize technological support, while nearly none of the focus is on the wrongdoings of developed countries in actually putting those undeveloped countries at risk. I have yet to see even a social media movement or news coverage on the inequities involved in who contributes most to that feared global warming.
Although environmental injustices were notably introduced in the last part of the 20th century, people seem to think that this issue just started to surface. Native Americans, Latinos, and European immigrants in the U.S. have long been disproportionately exposed to the harmful effects of living near city dumps, working in coal mines and on farms picking pesticide-drenched produce, and they endure the harmful effects of the destructive land use by others. On a more global scale, multinational corporations frequently exploit the natural resources and locate factories in undeveloped countries. Developed countries additionally dump hazardous waste and make greenhouse gas emissions that unduly affect undeveloped ones. This inequality needs to be more recognized by societies across the globe, especially those in developed nations.
Children's Rights in the World
Another key aspect of human rights in the modern world is child welfare. I especially sympathize with this issue because the affected children are vulnerable and have no understanding of how to protect themselves. Even though children's rights were recognized with the Declaration of Geneva in 1924 and recognition has steadily increased since then, there still remains great gaps in government systems for children all throughout the world. I gained an interest for children's rights in the U.S. through contact with foster children through my internship, then I began to explore the complications that children encounter internationally. Like women's, some children have been exploited and abused on the mere grounds of cultural tradition or religion.