People in developing countries face many hardships, especially in terms of economic prospects, employment and gender equality. Our political system is fraught with corrupt and immoral individuals, women are underrepresented in parliament and women's issues are rarely ever addressed. I think it's hypocritical when gender equality is pushed to the sidelines to make way for other issues since the very foundation of societies rests on the labor of women. Without women, you don't have the foundation for the future generation. Without women, the evolutionary course of life is stopped and society naturally finds itself in peril.
That this truth has not yet reached the ears of policy makers is not a surprise. We live in a world that is rotating around the ego of men and that ego is something that's very real. Since time immemorial, men have been vying for ultimate power, killing each other in the process whilst women tended for the future generation. Men are impetuous, statistically more violent and irrational and yet all the power resides in their hands. These men couldn't care less about women's issues and I would opine that they do not care about anything other than power.
In my 24 years on this planet, I've come across various kinds of men but most of these men believe that the world owes them something. That it is very natural for them to ask and get. That women are rude and crude for demanding the same things as men. Societies that are patriarchal in nature impart a tacit lesson, that men are authority figures no matter their age or status, and that women ought to fall in line for their own good. Women are called ''sluts'' and ''whores'' liberally by these men who think that the opposite gender isn't just opposite, it's inferior.
The previous government had a philandering sex-addict as their leader, who once called his colleague a ''whore'' and as always the ever-so sympathetic media brushed it off. It is suffocating to know that there's no one in parliament to fight for equal rights. In 2019, most developed countries offer a comprehensive plan for reproductive rights but women here, are expected to be brood mares for the state. Girls as young as 13 years old are forced to give birth to pander to an autocratic belief that they need to face the consequences of being sexually active or desirable when the men who raped or abused them are the ones defiling them.
I'm aware that change can be incremental in countries like mine but I think it's of the utmost importance that people like myself air our thoughts and beliefs so that women facing these injustices do not feel like they're alone. A journalist died a few years ago while trying to induce a miscarriage illegally. The term they focused on was ''illegal'' and the humanity of this woman who died trying to control her own body was snatched away.
Any society that refuses to grant equal rights cannot be described as being democratic, let alone developed. Economic prospects, labor rights and corruption are the consequences of the same autocratic system that categorically turns a blind eye to the pleas of their female constituents.