By Michael Jagora
February 9-12, 2016 is Respect for All Week. During this week, we hope to fix the problem of gender inequality. Gender equality is accomplished when ladies and men appreciate the same rights and opportunities over all areas of society. This includes monetary interest and choice making, and when the distinctive practices, desires and needs of ladies and men are equally esteemed and supported. So we would like to turn gender inequality around so everyone is the same. There are no expectations for anyone.
An example of gender inequality is calling someone a homosexual for wearing pink or purple clothing as a guy. Another example of gender inequality is In Saudi Arabia where women aren’t allowed to drive or even ride bikes, and men aren’t allowed to drive women they’re not closely related to. Furthermore, in 2001 a militant group called Lashkar-e-Jabar demanded that Muslim women in Kashmir wear Burqas (head to toe garments that cover their clothes) or risk being attacked.
To stop gender equality we have to teach our children differently on this topic at home. Maybe try letting boys play with dolls and girls play with legos. School is another place we can work on this. Instead of just learning only about male scientists and engineers we could talk about Roslanind Franklin or Marie Curie.
The next time you want to make fun of someone that’s doing something that a girl would do, pause and reflect. Think: Are you being prejudiced? This world would be a much better place with gender equality as a priority.