Many people see fashion as a flawless, yet innocent idea. However, fashion has it's drawbacks as well. And the issue is that very few individuals actually know about it or look to learn about these drawbacks.
The word "sweatshop" is like a grater to our ears, disliked, but it is an important word nonetheless, garment workers, who make the clothes that we wear on our backs are usually mistreated and underpaid. These workers face harsh working conditions everyday in hopes of making the little amount of income they do for their families. Workers sometimes as little as $2 for a full days works. But this is not the only thing that these workers face on a daily basis.
Another examaple of this can be seen in The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory incident in New York. On March 25, 1911, one of the deadliest industrial disasters ink the U.S. occured. A fire broke out in the building, where garment workers were working a fire that killed one hundred and forty-six workers, one huhndred and twenty three of whom were women. They died from the fire, smoke inhalation, and falling or jumping to their deaths, most of these victims were Jewish and Italian immigrants between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three. The oldest victim was forty-three, the youngest fourteen. That means that on March 25, 1911, one hundred and forty-six people not only lost their lives, but also that one hundred and forty-six families lost people near and dear to them. They were mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, daughters, sons - and they were gone in an instance.
Does the second example hit a little closer to home for you? Are you a little shocked that this could happen in the U.S.A.? Well it can. So now, you see that the reasoning behind the incident of the disaster in Thiland, was not simply because they were or are an under developed country. But it is instead that they were and still are being mistreated, are under-paid and are still in poor working conditions.
The question is however, even after that terrible day in Thiland, why are there still no strong regulations on the treatment of these workers? Well maybe, it's because you simply don't care.
Hope that new pair of jeans for that fashion trend that you just had to have was worth it.
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
When it comes to art it's simplistic manner of getting straight to the root of an issue is uncanny. Art is as powerful as you make it, art has the highest value when it not only identifies with but also resonates with its viewers. While all individuals can resonate with art, not all art can resonate with individuals.
When you believe in hard facts about a specific issue any artwork that expresses that belief, the artwork is magnified ten-folds, this is the because of the fact that the person viewing the artwork has that more of an emotional connection and attachment to the piece, regardless of if the person is aware of their belief or not.
Art is a peaceful way to protest, one which allows a continuous, subtle resistance, one that sits as a daily reminder of the issue. It burns into the minds of its viewers and unknowingly drives emotional responses towards micro-aggression's on the issue matter, and allows its viewers to have the courage to stand up for their beliefs.
An example of this can be seen with the "Black Lives Matter" protest that occurred on campus before the 2016 Presidential election, conducted by concerned students on Union's campus who wanted to show it's campus where they stood on the matter and what they hoped the outcome of the election results would be.
The World Health Organization, also known as WHO. It's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses. The organization aims to protect, contain, and eradicate global epidemics. Ultimately, WHO looks to protect world-wide outbreaks which, can harm both a nation's social and economic collapse, with millions dead.
While that this might sound all fine and dandy, it is startling to see the organization's response time depending on the source and location of the outbreak. This can be seen in recent epidemics such as the SARS and Ebola outbreaks that happened in recent years. The SARS outbreak was quickly contained with the WHO having a quick response to the situation, plans were in action to contain and eliminate the threat within a span of a few weeks of the when the virus was identified as an epidemic. (World News MD). However, when it came to the Ebola outbreak that started in New Guinea, the time it took WHO to react to this epidemic was considerably longer.
But why was this the case? Could it have been that it was the level of importance of the area impact affected the WHO and their response time to the problem? Or maybe it became a real problem to WHO when the threat of the virus became too much of a threat to their own health that spurs this organization into action. What ever the case may be, it is clear that WHO needs to not only speed up their reaction times to these outbreaks but also that they are ensuring that they are reacting to the same degree, urgency, and validity to every outbreak regardless of location. They need to work on prevention of these diseases instead of reaction. And it is our jobs as citizens of our countries and electors of our leaders to expect these changes to come about, to ensure that all nations are being considered equally and can feel confident that they are not being overlooked simply for the simple fact of our own selfish needs. For that is our duty not only as citizens of our countries but also as species of the same race.