International Women's Day 2019 - #BalanceForBetterWatch
Gender inequality is still a huge issue across the globe so it's a really important issue to discuss. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won't close until 2186. This is too long to wait. Through discussion, awareness, understanding, and change we can help to close this gap sooner.
From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence, with social media and forums like The Student Room playing a big part.
The important thing to remember is that no matter your opinions on certain women or different 'waves' of feminism, gender equality still matters. It's certainly not a women's only event either! The point is equality between genders, not them battling it out. It's something that affects all of us, and is something that we call all get involved with.
Why should it matter to me?
Regardless of your age, gender, sexuality, location, education etc., gender inequality affects us all. Advancing gender equality is so important to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.
What can we do to help fix this issue?
- Discuss! Even just discussing the issue helps raise awareness and understanding
- Take action! Speak up if you notice your peers failing to take female figures of authority seriously because of their gender, and when you notice discrimination against them
- Support! Stand behind campaigns to end harmful practices against women and girls such as FGM, and to change harmful laws that limit the rights of girls and women
- Fundraise or donate! Funding education for women and girls all over the world can help them gain access to greater opportunities
- Empower! Encourage your female peers to be successful, and to never back down
- Address! There are many unconscious biases that can form often unintended and invisible barriers to gender equality. Don't ignore them!
- Learn! Stay educated on gender inequality and how it happens around the world. Don't be afraid to ask for more information from people that know! The worst thing you can do is put your head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist, or ignore how serious it is
This International Women's Day, not international equality day.
Yayy happy international women's day! Let's raise a glass to the end of sexist gender roles and ridiculously small pockets! I'm not a woman but I'm also not stupid and I hope we get to a point where no one is afraid to walk home alone in the dark or feel that their job prospects are affected by their perceived ability to give birth. My ultimate dream for 2019 would be the dissolution of trans exclusionary radical feminism in exchange for trans friendly feminism <3 we got a long way to go but I hope we're going in a positive direction