These day’s I’ve been thinking a lot about girl issues and gender equality for both girls and boys. It’s a really though subject to summarize as there is so much to say about it. There’s the negative impacts it creates and what it stems from, what the causes of gender inequality are which are problems in itself.(ex: child marriage because of financial problems, lack of education etc..) and the list goes on.
So in this post I will drop some links so that you, the reader, can familiarize yourself with the issue and get an idea of what it’s all about. And maybe get interested to help out in this important movement (more on how you can do that, at the end of this post).
The first thing I want to share is an organization called HeForShe this organization is all about gender equality. Lot’s of great people involved such as Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who is according to the website “the visionary leader of UN Women, the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.” But I know personally that this movement came to my attention because of Emma Watson and her involvement/promotion of this movement. I will be honest her previous fame as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies is one of the main reasons of why I first got interested in checking out the organization but Emma Watson is not so much more than that acting role and this organization is doing some interesting things. Here is how you can get involved: http://www.heforshe.org/en/take-action/education
Next thing that I love in this topic is this video. We all know the spice girls… ok that’s a generalization I should say people around my age who grew up in some parts of Europe and in North America most likely know who the spice girls are. They are a British girl band that where quite popular. Though this is a disputed fact by some people they where know for their “girl power” image and this video is all about gender equality for girls. It was published a bit over a year ago in the context of the Global Goals set by the UN but still definitely worth the watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZQ2RUFd54o
If you liked the video above check out http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality/ which is the UN site and has more information on what this video is about and goals they have set on Gender equality.
On top of these two links above there are so many other great links so I will make a small list here for to explore:
http://www.globalgirlpower.org – Website for girl empowerment
http://www.caaws.ca/gender-equity-101/what-is-gender-equity/ – “CAAWS is a national organization dedicated to achieving gender equity in the Canadian sport and physical activity system, and more broadly throughout Canadian society. “
http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/world_issues-enjeux-mondiaux/gender_equality-egalite_sexes.aspx?lang=eng – The government of Canada’s page on gender equality with some links.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/have-we-achieved-gender-equality-nine-canadian-women-respond/article29013155/ – an article in the global male about successful women and their ideas on gender inequality
https://www.unicef.org/gender/ – UNICEF’s view on Gender equality
and this list goes on and on.
So how can you get involved? There’s many ways and there not all hard. You can go all the way and spend lot’s of time on projects in this field, join a business of charity of start your own or you can join a club at your university or high school. I am part of the Because I am a girl club through my university. Because I am a girl is a charity through Plan International Canada (Website here:http://plancanada.ca/because-i-am-a-girl ) they do many things in the subject of gender equality like promoting awareness of some of its issues and using money raised to, for example send girls to school when they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. The club I am part of is a do what you can kind of thing. We have some meeting and events on a Facebook group and you can volunteer to help where you can. Some people I don’t think do much of anything and there are those who are at every event and people like me who do our best to participate as much as possible, other only do one or two event. The beauty of it is that you do what you can and help in the process.
Other ideas to get involved can also be as low as using social media to spread the word of this issue and educate others or stepping in an helping whenever you see an opportunity come up in your community or surroundings.
There’s lot’s of different ways to help in this issue and others but hopefully this post has opened your eyes to something that going on this world or given you more insight if you where already aware of this issue.
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