TOPIC BRIEFS

Addressing the issue of slave labor in china:

Addressing the issue of the European migrant crisis:

China has been enslaving Uyghur Muslims and forcing them to work, also known as slave labor. China is the largest export of economy in the world. Most smart phones, laptops, computers, etc. people own come from China. These Muslims are being enslaved by the Chinese government under the excuse of giving them an escape from poverty and the spread of their religion, which is not the case. Solar panels, products made from cotton are made by the enslaved Uyghur Muslims.

 

On April 13th of 2021, Bloomberg published a very detailed report which the Chinese government by propaganda tried to refuse and deny the points and accusations being made. They stated that all Uyghur workers “volunteer” and blamed the report on international competitors of the Chinese government. Four factories Make half of the solar panels in the world and these solar panels are made by enslaved Uyghurs in China. In addition to this, 1 in 5 cotton garments in the world are made by the Uyghur Muslims through slave labor. More than 20% of the worlds cotton comes from the enslaved Uyghur Muslims in China also known as the “Uyghur region” known as Xinjiang.

In recent years, many refugees and immigrants have been feeling and migrating to many European countries such as Spain, France, the UK, and Italy to seek safety and shelter. In 2015 over a million refugees migrated to Europe which started and caused the European Migrant crisis. This crisis became worse when the pandemic started last year. Covid-19 has left many countries, especially in North Africa with economic hardship, unemployment, etc. Such as Tunisia, while other countries are dealing with the effects of war during the pandemic Such as Libya. This has led to a drastic increase of sea arrivals in Europe from immigrants coming from these North African countries.

 

This all started in 2015 when over a million refugees coming from these countries fled to Europe because of problems in their countries. The sudden influx of people started a crisis in Europe in humanitarian and political aspects. Europe did not respond pretty well and did not handle the situation correctly. For the next 5 and a half years more and more immigrants were fleeing to Europe and the Pandemic did not help.

The question of gender inequality in the workplace:

Gender inequality has been an issue going on for many, many years now. It is a global issue that affects almost all women in the world. One place where Gender inequality is extremely present is the workplace. In the workplace, woman are discriminated against a lot and not treated equally. Weather it’s in terms of salary, raises, promotions in positions or just woman having power over the workplace is a big taboo in many countries. Even though there have

been some improvements if equality towards woman in the workplace over the past decades, these improvements still aren’t enough or just simply fair still.

 

A poll created by the “Young Women’s Trust” in the UK was created in 2018 and the results were shocking. The statistics showed that, 23% of women at work face sexual harassment such as, inappropriate touching, catcalling and even rape and only 8% of women have reported it. 43% of mothers faced maternity discrimination in terms of needing to leave work early for their child or just not enough time for a maternity leave. Finally, 52% of women face mental health issues because of work compared to men which is 42%, that is a 10% difference. There is also a major gap in terms of pay and salary. For example, in the United States, for every 82 cents a woman makes, a man makes a dollar. Also, in the US women’s annual earnings were 82.3% of men’s. There is even more discrimination towards women of color. Lastly, many women are turned down for jobs and don’t have as much Job opportunities solely because they are women, especially in the middle east where many men think women only belong in the house as a house wife.