Global Call for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: We Can Change Anything
Historically, women are discriminated. Back in the times, women are seen as inferior beings to men. Women used to not receive any type of education and are regarded as the ones who should be responsible for household chores and taking care of the children rather than studying on a specialty or be hired by companies to work. Women used to be seen as weaker and less intellectually capable rather than men. This can be seen from the vast difference in the number of women who are known in the academia compared to the number of men. Even at present, this difference can still be seen, though there has been progress from the past years.
Various movements for women empowerment has been started and has been participated to globally. Foundations, centers, and organizations that aims to promote gender equality and give women more opportunity to have the same rights and privileges of men have greatly increased and awareness in the discrimination of women’s rights has become more widespread. Laws and other projects towards the achievement of gender equality are continuously being lobbied and pushed through. Even the attitude towards issues like violence against women and abuse are taken more seriously and are given more attention.
The Spread of Awareness
Campaigns for gender equality are almost everywhere. In the media, for example, people are more critical of the words being used especially for addressing those people in authority. What used to be explicitly patriarchal terms are being altered in neutral terms. Terms such as chairman have been changed to chairperson in order to promote neutrality of the title. Other people are also active in criticizing what is seen as derogatory terms and situations for women. The portrayal of the roles of women in movies has improved from being completely passive and submissive to becoming a character of a strong woman.
This also gave way to the rights of women. Rights and privileges that only used to be enjoyed only by men are also experienced by women nowadays. Women can now vote and be voted. Suffrage used to be shied away from women yet now, more countries have elected women as their leaders. Women can also study and pursue the profession they want and are now recognized as part of the academia which used to be dominated by male. Though the ratio of women and men in certain professions are still different, the campaigns for women empowerment has given them the chance to be part of the labor force and the society without being limited to the four corners of a house. Women nowadays are not only limited to household management and other menial jobs. They are given the opportunity to take more challenging jobs and be respectable figures of the society.
These positive results do not mean that the global call for gender equality and women empowerment has halted as these are not yet fully realized in our world today. There are still countries that do not protect the rights of the women as they do to that of the men. There are still places where women are discriminated as influenced by their history and culture. These places are the target areas of these campaigns.
This global call believes that we can change anything and this includes even the relatively invincible cultural and legal barriers.