This weeks Blog will cover the topic of Gender Inequality & Domestic Violence and how we can come together as a community to not only reduce but strive to eliminate these issues as a whole!
As much as we would like to believe that we are living in a modern day and age, inequality between men and women is still EXACTLY as it was hundreds of years ago. When a man does something, it’s considered to be ‘strategic’ but when a woman does the same thing it’s ‘calculated’. A man can only ‘react’ but a woman can only ‘overreact.’ How come there are different outcomes for the same problem because one was done by a woman and one by a man? Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and a sustainable world (Goal 5/17 of the Sustainable development Goals UN). Girls are sick and tired of knowing that on average worldwide, women earn 32% less than men for the same work, and that recent statistics show that it will take another 100 years to close that gap. Girls are sick and tired of knowing that in Canada, for equal work, indigenous, racialized, and immigrant women, as well as women with disabilities, all earn on an average less than white women. Girls are sick and tired when men who cook and do the shopping are praised for being modern, while for women it’s just considered normal. Girls are sick and tired that they have to change the titles of certain jobs because it was never imagined that a woman could do them. This is inequality! All rules and principals made by a man, enforced by a man, and followed by a woman; WELL TO HELL WITH THAT! Making a change is hard but taking the first step towards change isn’t, all it requires is courage and strength that everyone has but only a few are willing to use it to serve a purpose.
I want to express the severity of domestic violence in not only third-world countries but first-world countries like Canada and the US. 67% of Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner in an act of domestic violence. If a woman is stronger, more independent, and more successful than a man, a man’s ego is hurt and it’s not a WOMANS fault. We, as a society has embedded these medieval standards of inequality into people’s heads that it’s only growing through generations. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, women in Canada live at greater risk than men of domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, and sex trafficking. Looking at this all I can say is that no matter what a girl wears, says, or does it doesn’t matter because in one way or another, society finds a way to put women in a vulnerable position.
Being a girl is hard especially if you are multiracial and in the LGBTQ community. Snehalaya is a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 1989, in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The NGO works for women, children, and LGBTQ communities affected by poverty. It also works for the uplift of commercial sex workers, aiming to fight HIV and AIDS and to end human trafficking. I am proud to say that the state I was born in has the courage to take a stand for all these women and children who cannot take a stand for themselves. We all should learn from these workers because they have shown us that the biggest differences come from tiny steps!
In conclusion, I would like to say that girls are sick and tired of being sick and tired and now it’s time for us to stand in solidarity against all problems that are stopping women from getting their human rights of equality and respect! I am a girl. I have a voice and I HAVE used my voice to advocate for all girls and young women who can’t advocate for themselves against topics such as toxic masculinity, gender inequality, and domestic violence. Now the question is, when will you?