A Call to Action: Boys and Men, Join the Fight for Gender Equality!
As The Independent recently reported, children’s charity Plan UK recently released a report called “Because I am a Girl” that draws on new research into the views of thousands of boys and girls aged between 12 and 18, from the UK, India and Africa. It states that “Our families and schools are handing gender inequality, and violence against girls, down through the generations.”’
Some key findings from the study:
- Girls are conditioned to expect less of themselves than boys. Doing better than their male peers at school does not translate into future rewards – women still earn up to 22 percent less than men in most countries in the world, including Britain.
- ONE IN THREE British boys view women politicians as being inferior to men. 34 per cent in Rwanda and 55 percent in India see female politicians as second-rate.
- ONLY LESS THAN HALF of boys in the UK, 52 percent in Rwanda and 61 per cent of boys in India agreed: “It would be good to have the same number of men and women leading top companies.”
- 66% of children in Rwanda and 74% of children in India ”totally agree” that a woman’s most important role is to be a housewife. (Only 11 percent of British children)
- Almost two-thirds of UK boys, however, think that a woman’s most important role is to take care of her home and cook for the family – something less than half of girls agree with. 39 per cent of British boys think that men should have the “final word” at home – compared with 20 per cent of girls.
- 97% per cent of children saying that “parents must take equal responsibility for their children.”
- Globally, 150 million girls and young women under 18 have been raped or sexually assaulted. “The belief that girls and women are somehow inferior – fuels male violence towards them.”
According to the report, prospects for gender equality will not improve unless boys and men join the fight for equality, change their mindsets and become more involved in family life. The report reveals how sexist attitudes are deeply entrenched among today’s children, and that girls suffer a “double whammy” of discrimination due to their age and sex – leaving them at “the bottom of the social ladder”.
In an example of some of the case studies, Latrell Randeen, 15, (pictured above) from Chingford, England, believes both that “domestic chores should be done by women,” but also that there “should be equal numbers of men and women in top jobs because if a woman goes for a job, she should get it if she’s good enough. I think women are better politicians than men because women do things better, whereas men just rush stuff to get things over and done with.”
We have the chance to make a difference to make a change today with young children. Both boys and girls must believe a) they deserve all the educational, job, etc… opportunities and that b) they have the equal household responsibilities. Society and women will have to begin to make these demands. As Gloria Steinman wrote in The Way We Are…And Will Be, things like free child-care centers “are not for the benefit of “working mothers,” any more than free schools are. They are simply the right of every child.” Equality does not only benefit women, but also our communities at large. The right to equal opportunity is the right of every person and that is part of our mission at Circle of Women to provide girls with the education that they deserve, but also to let them know that they are worthy and deserve and can do great things with the education that they are getting.
Photo from The Independent.
Just say no
Today I have signed a petition and taken the vow to help end early and forced marriage for girls in the developing world with Plan UK. Please join me by signing and urging Lynne Featherstone – the MP leading the UK’s efforts to end violence against women – to take the vow to support millions of girls around the world to escape early marriage.
To sign the petition, visit click here.
After feeling pretty pants for the better part of the day I got home to a letter from the child I sponsor, telling me how he’s doing and including pictures of him at school, and he drew a picture of himself falling over in the mud for me. He has also asked if I will come and visit him, which is something I would absolutely love to do, so I am going to look into costs of a visit. If I can manage it I’ll tell him all about it in my letter to him, and I’m going to include a picture of my family and friends as he has done for me.
Absolutely made my day. If you are thinking about sponsoring a child, I strongly recommend that you do so through Plan UK, where you can choose the region that your child is from, or can just ask where they desperately need sponsors. It’s a very fulfilling thing to do, and for the cost of not buying that meal deal one lunch time a week you can make a huge difference in both the child and community’s lives.
Just sent a letter to Pedro
Who is a child I sponsor who lives in Peru. A couple of weeks ago he sent me his first letter and it had a drawing of his school attached and it was so lovely. I hope what I’m doing is helping to make a difference in his life. They’ve just managed to build a proper sanitation system in his village and they’ve built a new school and all of the children have had their vaccinations. Feels good man.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child go to: plan.org.uk
Διαδραστική διαφήμιση διακρίνει το φύλο των περαστικών και προβάλλεται μόνο σε γυναίκες!
Ένα νέο είδος εξωτερικής διαδραστικής διαφήμισης δοκιμάζεται αυτή τη στιγμή στην πολυσύχναστη Oxford Street του Λονδίνου. Κάνοντας χρήση high-definiton κάμερας, το σύστημα σκανάρει τα πρόσωπα των περαστικών, αναγνωρίζει το φύλο τους με ακρίβεια 90% και στη προβάλει το κυρίως περιεχόμενο της διαφήμισης μόνο στις γυναίκες! Η όλη ιδέα είναι πρωτοβουλία του μη κερδοσκοπικού οργανισμού Plan […]