Human, in love with the wonderful, beautiful, and exceptionally unique planet she lives on & will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.
Maryam Rehman is an advocate for social justice and creating change in the world. Her volunteer work on her recent trip to Pakistan, led to her winning the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.
Originally from Pakistan, she moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of five, and is continuing her education here. She still made frequent trips to Pakistan, in which she volunteered at a school in her village. On her latest trip, she visited schools, gave speeches, and to empower the child laborers, she visited various Brick Building and Carpet Making factories, as well as the nomadic children, who live in tents across the nation.
She has also been an advocate for ending Polio once and for all, and will continue to support and fundraise for the various causes and organizations she has been supporting through the years. Currently, she is working on a screenplay for a documentary she hopes to film on her next trip.
Her experiences, have shown her enough to develop a passion for advocacy, writing, and giving a voice to those who don't have one.
As much as ads, books, and other forms of media may convey a dire need to you in terms of how and what you should be donating, it is critical to understand the significance of the whole picture. This whole issue of extreme poverty is a cycle -- it begins with consumers, just like you and I, who purchase goods.
The seventh Sustainable Development Goal is to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is a goal that can be achieved if people take the initiative to learn more about the problem, and be willing to make the transition to modern, cleaner energy.
How would you feel if you weren't able to have a sanitary place to go to the bathroom? If you didn't have access to clean, safe, drinking water? For people who do have access to these things it can be hard to understand how lucky we are.
When I first began researching this topic, I was shocked to discover that we still don't have equal pay for men and women. It wasn't ignorance behind my incorrect understanding, it was the fact that I thought that in this decade, we had come past that challenge at the very least.
One of the most important concepts I've ever come across is the concept of an education itself. We live in a world where there are an endless amount of injustices that are going on, most of which can in fact be prevented by education. Education (lack of it) primarily held accountable for being the problem, but is a huge contributor to the solution.
The third Sustainable Development Goal is Good Health and Well-Being, the aim being to "ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages." It's not a matter of how many new diseases we've found cures for, it's a matter of how we've managed to distribute vaccines, and other services to some of the most inaccessible people in the world.
Sustainable Development Goal number two is focused specifically to insure that hunger is nonexistent in our world by 2030. The mission, is to "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture."This seems like something that's impossible to achieve, but again, considering the amount of food that is constantly present on the shelves of grocery stores, clearly, this is achievable. Hence, it's not an issue of food available, but instead, one with regards to proper food distribution.
The problem is that the way we help the poor is, in a sense, wrong. If you sponsor a family, you're ensuring that they survive, but you do not secure a brighter future for them. We need to focus on skills that will help them in the long run, not just sponsoring their survival.