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Hillary Clinton once said, “Women have always been primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, fathers and sons in combat.” But wait. Doesn’t that make men the primary victims of war? People have laid emphasis on women’s rights to achieve equality for too long, that no one cares about men now, and this evolves into another kind of inequality. Therefore, it’s time to wage war against this inequality.
In my opinion, a war against Islamophobia is crucial. Ever since the 9/11 incident, the media has played a big role in stereotyping Muslims as “terrorists” and boycotting Islam. Muslims have lost their freedom of religion. One major example is France banning headscarves worn by Muslim women. The fact people are victims of such hatred and oppression because of religion is outrageous. Islamophobia needs to stop!
Millions of children are forced to work in dangerous conditions at a young age. The scale of this issue is alarming. It underlines the need for a war against child labour. Though rarely seen in the media, it is a growing problem. Extreme poverty has driven children to find jobs. Many of them are doing manual labour in factories in awful conditions. I think the whole world should start a war against child labour to help solve the issue.
The possession of nuclear weaponry. Atomic bombings cause radioactive poisoning. That has caused genetic mutations. And nuclear bombs don’t just affect the people at the time. These genetic mutations can pass through generations. In 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. In the first nine weeks, 90 per cent of victims died from their injuries. But years later, victims still suffer from problems that continue to affect their lives. Nuclear weapons should be banned.
There are so many people around us that are treated differently just because of their nationality or skin colour. Honestly, they don’t deserve to be treated differently. They are just like us. We are all humans. No one deserves to be punished when they haven’t done anything wrong. This is why the world needs a war against racism.
We need to have a war against indecisiveness. There are so many devastating problems with our world, from bombings to racism. The things these problems have in common is that they’re caused by a lack of action. Only when we choose to confront the issues present in society, and take a decisive stance, can we improve the world around us. There is hope for the future. Wait, maybe. Not sure. I can’t decide.
There needs to be a war against media censorship, because it limits the information people can access. Countries have admitted to censoring and taking down contradictory news. They say they have the legal right to do it and it does not affect a citizen’s right to free speech. Even if this is true, it’s a worrying habit. It also limits a citizen’s access to knowledge. The world needs to know the truth.
There has to be a war against school bullying. Think about how awful it is when someone makes fun of you, threatens you or even punches you. The consequences of bullying could be severe, including self-injury, anxiety, etc. Sadly, not much has been done by the governments around the world to alleviate this issue. It would be great if all bullies were brought to justice.
War against poverty. In 2012 it was estimated that, if the poverty line was US$1.25 a day, 1.2 billion people lived in poverty. But this is already understated. How can people live on HK$8 dollars a day? How could we allow this to happen when there are so many billionaires? This is horrendous inequality. We need to fight poverty, for a fairer world.
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