Living in a multi-cultural society

Brik Lane is a movie based on a book by Monica Ali. The story is about a 17-year-old girl how is forced to leave her sister in their small-town village IN Bangladesh, to move in and marry an old man named Chanu. This movie takes place from the late 1980s and continues until around 2001 when we are able to see the 9/11. She berried one boy and ended up with two daughters. Later in the movie, she falls in love with a young man who delivers clothes and they start an affair.


Since Brick Lane is a street and London and it is known for being a place with many different cultures, but the question is, what is a multi-cultural society? You can define it in different ways, but the simplest one is that it is a place or a community with people from many different countries and religions who live together. Some of the challenges you may face when this happens can be racism and discrimination. For example, in the movie Brick Lane, gender inequality happens between Nazeem and her husband. This was already a part of their culture so many of the women who experience this won’t do anything about it.


There are also benefits in a multicultural society. For example, when you live in a society like this, you learn about new cultures and learn more about how other people than you live. In this way, you are able to develop yourself as a person and be more open to new things.





On the international day we were supposed to talk to refugees, people that have studied in Palestine or just Palestinians in general. The international day are the day prior to Operation Day’s work where we teenagers raise money to donate towards helping teenagers in certain areas with so it can help them in some degree. This year’s project was to raise money for the Palestinian teenagers.

The international day started the last four hours of our school day (right after lunch) and the first thing we did was listening to a Norwegian professor who have studied the conflict between Palestine and Israel. She gave us the summary of what has happened/what is happening now and gave us a better view on the situation in Israel/Palestine. Also, the students were able to ask her any questions about her experience visiting the state and her own views on the conflict.

After listening to the professor, we walked from room to room listening to for example refugees who told us about how they fled from their country, how hard it was living there and their experience coming to Norway. Their stories made me really appreciate my life in Norway, to be able to live a life without war, or bad conditions. This also made me thing more and really appreciate what I have here at home.


Girls rising is a documentary which tells a story about nine young girls from nine different countries. They are living in the developing world where unfortunately education for girls is not seen as a priority. They struggle every day for freedom, education and for someone to hear their voice. Also, it switches from each girl, and in between the stories you see statistics about girls, such as… their education, etc.

The stories these girls share is about child slavery, arranged marriage, abuse and poverty. They meet barriers that hinder them from getting an education. These stories reflect upon a tiny percentage of the hard reality that there are millions of girls around the world struggling with the same issues.


Sokha is a Cambodian girl who came from the dump. She was left alone as an orphaned and was therefore forced to pick up garbage for her survival. For this reason, she is one of the lucky ones, who came from nothing and suddenly where able to go to school, become a star student and now has a future she never would imagine she was ever able to have. This story made a big impact on me by the cause of that she is able to show us that if we work hard, even the dreams that are miles and miles away, are still possible to achieve. She is not only a role model for girls but a role model who they can look up to and show them there is still hope.

The girls in these stories don’t feel like victim’s due to the fact that even all the hard work they have been trough they are still able to reach their goals, go to school, write songs and so on. Because of these stories I am able to empathize with these girls. I myself have family in brazil and even there I can see the struggles girls have in comparison to the boys. An example I have experienced myself was when I was visiting Brazil. I am not able to walk alone on the street. Every time I wanted to walk out of the property I needed to have a male adult beside me as “protection”. This is because often women who walk alone sometimes kidnapped, raped or even killed.

I believe that “one girl witch courage is a revolution” means that if one girl starts dreaming, starts believing and get and the opportunity she deserves more and more girls will see that there is hope. That there is still a chance for change and in the end, after all the hard work, your courage and strength finally pays off.

Even though most of the problems out in the world is talked about, I think that some of us forget that many girls still don’t have the chance to get educated. Also, what they need to go through to be able to live a free life. This documentary gives people who are not familiar with this issue a better view on the struggles girls go through and how the problem of girl’s education still exist. If we want to achieve gender equality, we need to let all genders have the same chance to get educated. Because this can solve many of the problems we face worldwide today.





Quality Education makes it possible for all to develop their own qualities and skills to achieve their potential as people and members of the society. Gender Equality is when men and women have the same rights and opportunities in all sectors of the society including economical participation and decision making.  Unfortunately, not everyone has education and for example work opportunities available for them, and this is the problem. The reason these two goals intertwine with each other is because they are under the “Millennium development goals” who for example include equal access to education both for boys and girls.


Sadly, women and girls are still those who continue to suffer the most discrimination and violence in almost every part of the world today. Gender equality is not only a human right, and it is also a foundation for peaceful, wealthy, continual world. 1 in 5 women between the age 15-49 have reported physical or sexual violence. This goal is providing women and girls equal access to education, health care, work and representation in political and economic decision making.



Over 265 children today are currently out of school and out of them 22% are off primary school age. The reason of loss in quality education is because of the lack of well-educated teachers, poor conditions and school issues such as opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children with poor families, investments to scholarships, teacher training programs, school building, improvement of water and access to electricity is needed.




Continuing with this topic I would like to watch a film or a documentary about these issues, maybe talk in groups about how we can help and what needs to be done.





Water is not only important to the human body, but also to agriculture, and plant life. We can already see that some parts of the world are losing their water recourses. Today 844 million people are living without access to safe water, and 2,3 billion are living without access to improved sanitation. When you have water, you can open doors to education, work opportunities, and also greater health for families around the world.


Women are those who are most affected by the water crisis, because they are the ones collecting it. Instead of going to work or school, they need to collect water for their families. Women and girls spend around 6 hours a day walking. Women and girls need to be included in programs to improve water, because they have the key roles when it comes collecting and managing water globally.


After reading the story “thirst” I thought about how we take water for granted. After I read the story I could see myself in the same situation, but I couldn’t even imagen. Water in general is life changing and everyone should have access to it.



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We have many different problems in the world. Some of these problems can cause a lot of suffering and destruction to our planet. The UN have 17 sustainable development goals they want to achieve by 2030. All of these 17 goals have specific targets to reach the next 15 years. All the goals are each as important as another.

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One of the most important sustainable development goal is number 2, zero hunger. This goal wants to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.


With this goal the UN wants to make sure that everyone everywhere has enough food to live a healthy life. If we want to accomplish this goal, it will require better access to food and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and increasing investments trough international collaboration to strengthen the quantity of agriculture in developing countries.




The other goal I chose was UN’s goal number 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.


Water reduction affects more than 40 % of people around the world, and it’s rising as a result of increasing global temperatures, because of climate changes. Despite water for sanitation, less and less get access to safe drinking water. This is a major problem.


Unfortunately, in 2011, 41 countries experienced a downfall on water. 10 of these countries where close to decrease their supply of renewable water and now needs to use other alternative sources.


In south Africa, the city of Cape Town was on the brink of disaster. For many months, the inhabitants of Cape Town where counting down to Day Zero, the day the town would run out of water. Happily, the date is now moved from around July to the latest count which doesn’t even have a date, but may be in 2019.


What can we do to provide everyone with clean water? We can help protect and restore water related ecosystems including mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. We need to reduce the pollution and eliminate dumping and support participation to local community’s water.



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Water is a human right, and humans consist 50-70% of water. I chose these goals because I think this is important. Food is a necessity that everyone does not have access to. I decided to write about this because I think it is one of the biggest problems us humans still face today. We have enough recourses on earth to help everyone, so it is very provoking to see that there are still people in need.