Every man has the potential to influence his generation
Congratulation to all women. Yippie. It is another time for International which will be celebrated on the 8th of March.
The Theme for this year’s International women’s day is to remember and actualize a cause that began 20 years ago with a group of women, 4000 Civil Society Organisations and 189 countries who adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which is a visionary road-map for women’s rights and empowerment.
Even though there has been progress to achieve gender equality, no nation has been able achieve this goal but women all over the world are not giving up which is why they are inspiring the world with this message on Women’s day.
On the 9th of October 2012, a young girl was shot by a Taliban gunman as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. An assassination attempt was made on Yousafzai Malala because she fought for the rights of girls to be allowed to receive an education in Taliban, Pakistan. Miraculously, she survived the assassination and is pursuing her dreams.
The World was shocked when on the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. These girls were forced from the boarding house and into the trucks where they were taking to fortified camps and forced to follow a religion.
This act was so shameful as well as the lack of proactive measures by the Nigerian government, that it caused an International outrage and then families, friends, activists, religious groups and civil societies took their protests to Social Media which gave birth to the #BringBackOurGirls platform.
It is sad that these girls were captured by terrorists (who claim to fight for freedom and are opposed to Western Education) because they are trying to avoid ignorance and be well informed.
There are countless number of women facing violence and whose rights are being abused. Why does the world feel threatened by the potential of the Girl-child? Women have made history by making a difference.
So this makes me wonder why gender should be an issue. Why are the rights of women not respected?
Now this doesn’t mean that the World is just folding its hands and doing nothing. There has considerable achievements; certain barriers have been lifted and we see women today playing important roles in the Economy, Business, Government and even promoting services that do benefit humanity but this infogragh shows that there is more to be done.
“The World will never realize 100% of its potential, if 50% of its people are still held back”. UN Women
Is it not possible that Equality can be the cure to solve our Economic and Financial issues? Is it not possible that Equality can reduce to zero the Wars and Violence that are so rampant in our world. Has it ever occurred to you that Equality can alleviate poverty, reduce health hazards and promote humanitarian crises?
Let us look down the timeline and ask ourselves if gender inequality has ever benefited this world. Let us look inwards and review if it is beneficial to hold back the potentials of a few people. There are so much benefit that equality can bring to this world because everyone can make a difference and no one is insignificant
Just Picture It
Here is the vision of all women in the world;
We envisage a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030 at the latest. UN Women
Do you picture it?
To bring out 100% of the potential of this world, women have to be empowered to exercise choices such as getting an education, participating in politics, making an income and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Although, a lot of nations are beginning to promote gender equality and even allow women to participate more in labour force and politics, but gender equality has yet to be achieved.
Women have decided not just to make it a vision but to take action by encouraging nations to provide more laws that will empower women all over the world and you can play a great part to achieve this goal.
What Part Do You Have To Play?
1. Change Your Mindset. So Simple
2. Picture Equality and take Action. Spread the message and be the agent of change
I would love you to share your opinion about this issue