Simple Things You Can Do To Support Gender Equality

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted June 14, 2018 from India

Simple Things You Can Do To Support Gender Equality

 

Gender equality means that men and women, boys and girls enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protection. In order to achieve an overall development of a state or country it is important for them to be gender neutral. On a global or wider platform gender equality can be achieved by abolishing unfair practices against women in less developed countries, educating women and girls, providing equal economic and political opportunities, etc.

 

However, we as individuals can also make a difference by doing our part right in everyday scenarios-

 

Share workload-

Sharing the workload at home is the first step towards demolishing inequality. Husbands should contribute equally to the household and help ease the strain of workload on the wife. Encourage your son to help your daughter with their share of household work like laundry, cleaning the house, fetching groceries, etc. Break the stereotype that girls should cook and boys should play by motivating your son to help his mother with cooking and encouraging your daughter to take up sports.

 

 

 

Support Films and Media With Women in Lead Roles-

Even in this era, the film industry is dominated with movies where a man who is well-built, has no deformities struggles with the society and wins the battle while the woman supports him in the side-line as his wife. Media has a great impact on the minds of the masses. Hence, it is necessary to create and support content with women in lead roles, where they are represented as strong and confident heroes themselves rather than just a frail and vulnerable girl who needs a hero.

 

 

 

Be An Active Father-

Most of the parent-teacher conferences are often attended by the mother of the child. Even if she is a working woman, she is expected to take out time from her job and cater to her child’s need. Being an active father and participating regularly in your child’s life is one of the little things you can do to ensure gender equality in your own household. The child grows up to see both his parents playing an active role and will take up that habit when he becomes a parent too.

 

 

 

Encourage kids to play with the toys of their choice-

Boys are given footballs, and girls are given Barbie dolls. The walls of a boy’s room are painted blue and that of girls are painted pink. We impose such stereotypes on the children right from the beginning, boys are told to play outside with their sports kit and girls are told to stay indoors to host tiny tea-parties with their dolls. It is important for parents to give their children the choice of toys they want to play with and the color they want to pick as their favorite. This will help in breaking gender stereotypes right from the childhood.

 

 

 

Support female role models-

When it comes to role models, we often think about a man who has achieved great heights of success in his life. Very few of us think or even know about the women who have conquered the business world with her skills. It is important to acknowledge and support such women as they set an example for women all over the world to reach their potential. Female role models can be anyone right from a business tycoon to your own mother. You will find hard-working women all around you; all you have to do is look!

 

 

 

Stand up to Street Harassment-

From crowded areas to desolated lanes, public transport or private vehicles, street harassment happens everywhere. Women are vulnerable to such type of harassment on a daily basis. Sometimes they speak up against it, but other times they are mum mostly because they are shook or too afraid to say something. It is important for men to stand up against the offender and support the woman in need. If only people come together against such offenders, will the number of such instances decline.

 

 

 

Stand against unfair traditional practices-

Traditional practices like dowry is still prevalent even in the most urban parts of India. Dowry was responsible for 7621 deaths in India in 2016. There has been no substantial decrease in the number over the years. Grooms should stand against the practice of accepting dowry. Also the marriage expenses can be equally divided among the bride and groom’s family. This is an important step towards reducing violence against women and encouraging gender equality.

 

 

 

Workplace Environment-

Economic empowerment of women in a country contributes majorly to gender equality. This is possible only when men and women are given equal pay for the same amount of work. In most of the organizations, women are paid considerably less than men for the same amount of work. If you are manager, you need to ensure that there is an equal pay policy in your organization. This will also boost the female employee’s morale and she will put even more effort in the job.

 

 

 

Support Women Leaders-

Political Empowerment is another important aspect that contributes towards gender equality. Political empowerment of women can be achieved when there is equal number of female candidates in both the houses of the parliament. Women should be encouraged to join politics. Even after they join politics, female candidates don’t get as much support as the male candidate because of backward thinking of the society or male ego. It is time we change our thinking and attitude about women leaders and give them adequate support to lead the country.

 

 

 

Voice Your Opinion On Social Media-

People are immensely active on social media. Several posts go viral in a matter of seconds and thus a single voice raised by a single person can be echoed by thousands. Use social media to create support groups or to stand for what you believe in. Start a campaign for gender equality and ask your friends and family to join in. Stand up against cyber bullying and report such instances. Encourage people to share their stories and show your support to such people. Social media is a very powerful tool, if used in the right manner it can send a very powerful message to the masses.

 

 

 

Opinions are of the writer.

This article was first published on Safecity, as a part of the writer's movement by Komal Gesala. She is currently studying in T.Y.BCom from Mithibai College. She loves writing short stories and blogging in her spare time.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 15, 2018

Hi Safecity. Thanks for sharing Komal's excellent recommendations for improving gender equality. I wholeheartedly agree with all of these. I'm going to share this!

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Jill,
We are glad you liked the article! Please do share this.

Jill Langhus
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Done:) Hope you have a great day!

Ndimofor Aretas
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 15, 2018

Hi SAFECITY and thank you for sharing these simple tips from Komal.
This really shows how simple it is to promote Gender equality. To be honest, I never thought these little things mattered.
Thank you for sharing.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Ndimofor,
We are glad you liked the article!
Simple actions can truly make huge difference.

Robin Parisse
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 15, 2018

It is amazing to think that we are halfway through 2018, the #metoo movement has gained momentum and gender parity, diversity and inclusion are topics that are discussed day to day, yet the simple actions you list above are not top of mind in all countries and regions of our world. Thank you for breaking down in simple terms key actions that can be taken by anyone today. These are available to all. Practice is progress. I hope that our children's children are just born into gender parity and no education is needed to break any norms. Wouldn't that be a new world? Thank you for your post!

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Robin,
You're right, often people at the top fail to realise just how simple it can be to promote gender equality. We are glad you liked the article!

coolasas
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 15, 2018

Great suggestions. I hope that soon not later we will achieve everything we hope for for gender equality.
Keep the advocacy!

Cheering you on ... Coolasas

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi,
Thanks for your kind words! We are glad you liked the article.

Tarke Edith
Jun 16, 2018
Jun 16, 2018

Hi safecity thank you for sharing your story on our plarform with this l know we make sure that we threat our childrent with equàl right and equal opotinities thank you sis

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Tarke,
We are glad you liked the article!

Stephanie Mah
Jun 16, 2018
Jun 16, 2018

Hi sister Safecity thank you for sharing your story. You have really educated us on gender equality, you've reminded us of such things we neglected in life , am so happy. See you .

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Stephanie,
We are glad you found the tips useful!

AGNES TUMASANG
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018

L will start by appreciating Komal for sharing the idea and to say that i come from a society in which it i s believe that there are certain things that are meant for women or girls and not for boys but if we can continue to educate we will come to a point where everybody will be involve. So l like eqauilty

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Agnes,
Yes education is the need of the hour to promote gender equality!

Beth Lacey
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018

Very wise advice.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Thank you Beth!

Suh Diviner
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018

Hi Safecity,
Your post is so amazing. I have downloaded your post already. Seeing women standing up for gender equality makes me feel alive. Now there is no need for women to be steriotype thanks to stories like yours.
Love from Diviner

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Diviner,
Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you found the post useful.

Obisakin Busayo
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Safecity
Thank you so much for sharing these important points on achieving Gender equality. I agree with you totally! I work in the division of student affairs of a university and I will love to be sharing these with the student. We should be catching them young both male and females

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Obisakin,
We are glad that you will be sharing our article with the students. The youth are the biggest drivers of change!

joyce nelly
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Safecity thanks for sharing .This has really enlightened me on some small issues one can do to promote gender equality.gender equality affects the world as a whole and not just a particular few .i will do so add my voice on this in my own little way to stand for equal rights on both women and men

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Joyce,
We are glad that our article has inspired you to take a stand as well. Good luck!

Olubee
Jun 22, 2018
Jun 22, 2018

Dear Safecity,
I really enjoyed your write-ups and it is very educating.The little thing we can do to create equality between both gender actually start from the homes.Teaching our children the right things, not traditions.
keep up the good work.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Hi Olubee,
You are right. Gender equality begins at home. We are glad you liked the article!

Bim Adegbite
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Well said. Thanks for sharing

Marietta
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

nice

Princesse MUHINDO
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Bonjour Safety,
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