Women historically have enjoyed a lesser freedom and fewer rights, in comparison to women. But today, this has changed to a very large extent and discrimination on the basis of sex. Yet, women still face discrimination at every juncture of their life, including at educational institutions and workplaces. Here what we should all start doing to make this world a better place for everyone living in it
Embrace the label, Feminist.
Many celebrities in the past have shied away from the tor ‘feminist’. But, a feminist, according to prolific Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is just a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. There is no one kind of feminist or a ‘bad feminist’. A feminist is simply a person believing in gender equality.
Let’s not perceive one sex to be better or worse at something
This point has been doing rounds for quite a while now. Many people may claim that scientifically men and women possess different kinds of brains and are therefore suited for different roles, one cannot deny the role of nurture in exacerbated these differences. Also, we should all consider the immense diversity within the sexes itself, before looking at differences between the sexes. No two people are exactly the same or possess the same abilities, even if they belong to the same sex.
Let us not judge people based on their clothing
A lot of people, especially women, are judged on the basis of theirs. The clothing worn by a woman or a girl is often heavily scrutinized at educational institutions. While professionalism and appropriate clothing should be expected from both the sexes, women are often more heavily penalized for their clothing. It is also perhaps time to rethink what clothing we deem as ‘appropriate’ or ‘inappropriate’, given the changing culture in our country.
It is about time that we all let the people in powerful positions know that they cannot sexually exploit other people. Just because they are not as influential as them, does not mean they are not people. Every person has right to their space and freedom, which cannot be violated under any circumstances. Let’s show them that their time’s up.