Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia
Throughout history, women have been suffering unfair treatments from society. Mainly because they live in a patriarchal society, one that favors men. Women are treated not as their being, but rather as the property of men. They were deprived of their rights, such as the right to vote and the right to live freely. Every aspect of a woman’s life was dictated by society: from the way they dress, how they should behave, to how they should spend their life.
If you take a look back on a history book, women’s achievements were rarely celebrated. No one ever remembers Mileva Einstein, the first wife of Albert Einstein, and her brilliant help for Albert. The world only remembers Albert Einstein as the sole founder of the theory of relativity and forgets Mileva Einstein who helped him to find the equation. Society favors men so much that there is almost no trace of women’s achievements.
As time progresses, women begin to voice out their frustrations and demand equality. However, achieving gender equality is a community effort. As individuals, we have our thoughts, opinions, behaviors, and mindsets. As a community, our beliefs can have an impact on the larger society. In line with the IWD 2020 theme: Collective Individualism, every person should take their part in the fight for gender equality. It will take each of us to change the future.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”– Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist
It is not about a particular gender’s rights, but a human’s rights because women are humans too. As a community, we should actively go against action that opposes the celebration of women’s achievements, biased against women, and imposes stereotypes on women. We should challenge society’s outdated perspectives and broaden it.
The effort to achieve gender equality is not a one time race, it is continuous labor. An equal society will have a prosperous economy and create a more harmonious community. Remember, it is a collective effort. So, are you ready to be part of the change?
If you want to know more about International Women’s Day and what you can do, you can visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/