Gender parity is equality between all people, regardless of their:
✨GENDER (the patriarchal binary approach to gender )
✨SEXUALITY (the degree to which they conform with gender norms)
WHAT DOES THE STATISTICS say?
UNICEF data depicts:
⚡Nearly 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither employed nor in education or training – compared to 1 in 10 boys.
⚡Some 1 in 20 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 – around 13 million – have experienced forced sex.
⚡Some 650 million girls and women around the world have been married as children.
⚡Over 200 million have undergone female genital mutilation.
UN TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY
Gender Action Plan 2018-2021
The Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2018-2021 is UNICEF’s roadmap for promoting gender quality throughout its work, in alignment with the organization’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and support of its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
DISCRIMINATION, BLESSING IN DISGUISE
Discrimination made women:
✨Enthusiastic, in discovering their actual strength.
✨Courageous, enough to corner the oppressors.
✨Righteous, in justifying their existence.
WHAT’S BACKING DISCRIMINATION?
Despite the immense hardships, we are not achieving the desired outcomes.
I. WRONG PERCEPTION- ‘Anti-men movement’
Mostly, it’s been presumed that ‘women’s rights are gained at the expense of men’s-IT’S WRONG
A recent WHO report comparing 41 European countries found that men’s health was poorer in more gender-unequal societies.
In more gender-equal societies men are half as likely to be depressed, less likely to commit suicide, have around a 40% smaller risk of dying a violent death.
II. UNDUE EXPECTATIONS- ‘Legal backing is sufficient’
People often believe that our society doesn’t have problems with these issues, as long as women have legal rights.
The legal establishment of these rights is not enough until there is:
“Nothing will work unless you do” – Maya Angelou
III. CONVENIENCE- ‘Patriarchy’
Gender equality is somehow a social, cultural aspect.
Gender is a function of power relations between men and women where men are considered superior to women.
Instead of encouraging children to fight social inequality, society teaches a woman to make choices for herself –
“Where your emotions won’t distract you from your so-called duties.”
SOMETHING FROM DEEP INSIDE ME
Despite of being born equal, the discrimination women face on daily basis, can never be expressed in words. I can only say- it makes you feel helpless.
A woman would know the ground of discrimination anyhow, even know the solution somehow, but still fail to work out the desired conclusion.
We keep on saying, physical appearance doesn’t matter, but in this issue, when only physical appearance is the actual difference, does it so matter to cost a free soul?
I have gathered some of my scattered experiences, what however hit me after listening to countless gender discrimination examples and tried to jot it down in a kind of poetry, (if it seems so…) for those who think, a woman less than a man.
TODAY I ACCEPT- I’M DIFFERENT
If you call me a duty,
Then stop gawking at my beauty.
If you call me an affliction,
Then stop craving my affection.
Despite me being to you a complication,
You run your generation on my creation.
I’m a blessing, but not the one for you.
I’m a woman
I AM DIFFERENT