8 things you can do to fight for the right to equality between genders
As much as women have gained rights, it is a fact that society still needs to go a long way in order to achieve equality between genders.
Want a recent example? Even in March 2017, Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who has already made racist and anti-Semitic statements, did not hesitate to distill his machismo in the European Parliament on the last day.
According to Korwin-Mikke, women should earn less than men because they are “weaker, smaller and less intelligent.”
Even sounding outdated, this is a speech that, unfortunately, is still present in our daily lives, on the wheels of conversation and on social networks, proving that we still need to live on gender equality.
Here are some steps you can take to fight for this cause:
1. Help NGOs to combat violence against women
Most NGOs that are committed to combating violence against women are continually in financial difficulties, although their work is essential to the fight for gender equality.
If you can not contribute financially, check with the NGOs in your city if you can help by doing some kind of volunteer work, such as giving lectures or organizing support events.
2. Interest in politics
Text on Facebook has effect among its friends and may even reach a large number of people, but in practice it is in political institutions that decide the rights of the genres.
It is therefore crucial for women to engage more in politics, to follow the decisions of politicians, and to join parties that seek to defend equality between genders.
3. Sign petitions and respond to Federal Senate polls
This is an attitude you can take without leaving home: sign petitions and participate in Federal Senate research on bills.
Petitions are often organized by advocacy groups and submitted to congressional representatives. If you agree to the proposal, subscribe and share with as many people as possible to do the same.
Also, do not forget to participate in the public consultations promoted by the Federal Senate, which research the opinion of the population about bills. One example is this public consultation on the recognition of stable same-sex marriage as a family entity.
4. Report acts of violence
When witnessing attitudes of violence, do not stop – do this safely so as not to take risks.
The time has already passed when “in a husband and wife quarrel he does not go to harvest.” Now, domestic violence is a police case. If you know of an aggression against women, file a complaint.
5. Combat the wage gap
Unfortunately, it is still very common for women to earn less than men to perform the same service. If you are a businesswoman, make sure that your employees receive the same salary as your male colleagues who perform the same job.
In addition, it is important to open the way for women to hold management and board positions, which are still dominated by men today.
6. Invest in children’s education
If we want the next generations of girls and women to have peace while walking the streets without being harassed and sexually abused, we need to invest in the education of our children.
Respect, the notion of consent, and gender equality must be worked out in school, both for girls to know their rights and for boys to learn new attitudes early on.
7. Be a conscious consumer
Try watching the commercial break on television and notice how many advertisements use a woman’s objectification to advertise her products. Unfortunately, appealing to the exposure of the female body as a mere vehicle for attracting attention is a common technique in the advertising medium.
Still, of course, try to give preference to brands that stand in favor of gender equality.
8. Conscientize your microuniverse
Promoting change around the world is a virtually impossible task for only one person, but you can start by promoting a change of attitude in the people around you.
We all have our routine and our responsibilities, but if we act together, it will be possible to achieve advances in gender equality. Do your part and encourage your friends to do the same!