(Student social worker)
This Article was published in the Sangai Express (The largest English Newspaper circulation in Manipur)
TO be a change maker we need challenge ourselves to change our own world, one must see what’s happened around, should be opened minded with a positive eye sight to change the world form our own life, where is our equality? What is our purpose we are here in this universe?
In today’s world, moneys buy money, rich one become richer and richer day by days, whereas the poor remains poor, they are left behind, In other developing country, people have equal development in both social and economic status. Truth being hide, well, this is all about what we are today. Well, few things I would like to hit a challenge to myself and to all, if we can overcome, we will definitely a change maker.
A good education: Without education, the future of our children is totally like a blind even if they can see the beauty of nature with their own eyes. This means that all children should have a high quality primary and secondary education that equips them for employment and an enjoyable life. Governments and the private sector should work together to provide opportunities for lifelong learning and skills development for adults For instance, the government has provided free education for all children below the age of 14 in our country like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. It is good to know whether the implementation reach to the needy people, especially in rural areas.
Equality between men and women: I used to said and campaign to my colleagues, friends or neighbors saying that ‘There is no particular roles of men and women in today’s world’. This means that men and women should have the same rights and opportunities. Boys and girls should have equal access to school and the same quality of education; men and women should stand the same chance of getting elected as the leaders in our societies or even to the parliaments, have the same chances to be involved in political and social life, and experience the same opportunities and rewards in the workplace best on the nature of gift and talents he/she possess for social change and development in our country as well as globally.
Protection against crime and violence: In Indian context, can we observed our girls and women’s are being secured living in the largest democracy in the world? The right answer will be “NO”. All people should expect to live in a community that protects them from the threat of crime and violence. This should include domestic violence and sexual assault against women and girls. Every person should be able to get justice through a court or other system if they are victims of a crime. Do not victimize the victims. Wake up now!
Freedom from discrimination and persecution: Freedom from discrimination and persecution means that no person in the world should have their economic, social or political opportunities limited because of their race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual preference, or for any other reason, and that no person should fear for their personal safety for the same reasons, it is good to wake up with the words ‘we are born equally’.
Better transport and roads: A better transport and roads plays a vital role for developments in all field. This means that transport and roads should be improved so that people can move freely and easily to visit their friends and families, find new economic opportunities and use the services they need.
Affordable and nutritious food: This is a very serious issue for the people living in both rurals and urban areas. It means to say that everyone should get the food they need. No person in the world should be constantly hungry, and no person should become malnourished, especially pregnant women and children aged less than two.
Phone and internet access: I was born in T. Vajang village, 17KM from Churachandpur, Manipur. Till today there is no easy network accessible for the whole areas, the areas includes more than 60 villages with a population of 10,000+ people. Believe or not, I tell the truth. This also means that governments and the private sector should make sure that everyone has access to a minimum level of communications technology to get online information and participate in social networks. The world is updated and everyone competing each other to provide the first information with an easy access phone or internet.
Better healthcare: A good quality health services should be available to everyone when they need treatment. Efforts should be made to reduce the impact of infectious and other chronic diseases. Both the funding and the organization of health systems should suit the needs of the country and its citizen’s.
Reliable energy at home: Every family member should have reliable and affordable electricity or other sources of energy at home for lighting, heating and cooking. More of that energy should be sustainably generated.
Support for people who can’t work: Every person should have enough money to live on, either through employment or government help. When people can’t work, or are affected by events like natural disasters or economic crises, governments should make sure that they and their families won’t go hungry, children won’t drop out of school, and they can get the healthcare and other essential services they need. Together we can!
Action taken on climate change: The governments along with all citizens should take on binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions to levels which can keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees, and invest in adaptation measures particularly involving vulnerable communities. Love nature and live happily!
Better job opportunities: This means that governments and private sector companies should do more to make sure that everyone can find a job where they earn a decent wage, and can contribute and feel valued as a productive member of society. Remember thousands and lakhs of youth graduated remained unemployed.
An honest and responsive government: Honesty what we all expect from all, but that can’t be happens to us, why? This means governments should be effective, transparent, accountable and not corrupt. People should have a say on what the government’s priorities should be, and confidence that they will implement those priorities competently. Governments should agree and implement standards for making information available to all people on how public money is spent.
Political freedoms: Any person should be able to play a part in political processes in their own country, including through voting and forming or joining political parties. People should be able to exercise freedom of expression including through free media. People should be able to join and participate in trade unions and all aspects of civil society including diverse forms of civic engagement and voluntary action.
Access to clean water and sanitation: ‘Save water, safe live’ this means that every person should have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and washing, and access to sanitation in wherever we live in.
Protecting forests, rivers and lakes: We should preserve the nature, it also means that natural resources should be looked after, because people depend on them for food, fuel and other resources. Governments should agree on plans to reduce pollution in oceans and rivers, plant new forests and preserve existing ones, and move towards sustainable agriculture and food systems. Global agreements should protect biodiversity and fragile ecosystems.
Let us open our eyes for social change and development, “today is the day to fight for the betterment of tomorrow”!