Sharing Global Goals

I am sitting in my hometown of Washington, D.C., typing this essay on my MacBook Air with my iPhone 6 next to my laptop and across the street I see luxury apartments; this is the world that I live in, a First World country. I go to a great private university in Berea, Ohio, and I get an amazing education. I work in an office, and I live in one of the best dorms on campus. Yet still, I complain about things such as my hair-tie being too tight or either not tight enough, my charger not being in the best condition and not having any primer for my face.

On the other side of the world there are many young women sitting in the dirt and desert sands weaving baskets and crafting for a small wage that won’t be enough to buy food for their siblings, parents, husbands and in some cases their child(ren). Some of these young women were able to go to school until the age of 12 but their right to an education stopped there because they needed to work and become a provider.

In every country it is now 2017 and each country should be working towards accomplishing Global Goals. These goals include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, peace, justice and strong institutions, quality education and gender quality. Although there are many other Global Goals, the ones I have just listed are some of the goals that stood out to me.

Clean water and sanitation is a Global Goal that is vital to the advancement of the world because it promotes cleanliness and clean water influences healthier lifestyles. Along with clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy can influence healthier lifestyles through recycling and extending the longevity of the earth and it’s resources which in turn allows the earth to be able to preserve agriculture and lessen the amount of world hunger.

Coinciding with the natural aspect of the Global Goals, the matter of gender equality, peace, justice and strong institutions and quality education can improve the rate at which countries develop. In a lot of countries young men are given the opportunity to continue their education for many years while on the other hand a large portion of the young women are made to tend to household duties. Limiting the amount of people who are able to gain a quality education overtime begins to slow the creation of strong institutions because so much potential is being wasted.

Women deserve to pursue their right to an education just as much as anyone deserves quality education because, without these things, more and more people are destined for failure. Providing justice for the women in these areas through education enforces the foundation for innovation, the creation of jobs and economic growth.

Together we can make a difference and rise to greatness.

Skylar Hales