“A gender equal society would be one where the word GENDER does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”
Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and women who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.
It is vital to be clear_ gender is not a tussle between women and men for superiority, a position that men occupy at this point due to patriarchy, because gender equality work aims to reverse the status quo, we need to be clear that equality is not competition.
I think Gender Equality is basically in the mind. It is an individual’s perception of treating another person at par with himself / herself. It does not happen in one day it’s more of a practice that you do every day.
The idea of social justice is not about material equality for all individuals, but equality of opportunity to live dignified, productive, healthy human lives. Each individual should have opportunities and capacities to make in their own interest, without harming the interest of others.
Social justice is not just about the consciousness of right or claims, from others and from systems. It is also about obligations to others personally, socially and institutionally. This means both taking space and making space. This consciousness applies to all men, women and people of diverse gender identities, as well as the privileged and oppressed.
Gender equality can start with sharing housework, having conversations, spending times together, having fun. These efforts can be met with resistance and/or ridicule. Having male peers engage in these change together is important for sharing, reflection and encouragement of each other. This also deepens peer relation among friends and social solidarity, to dismantle the structural dimension of gender inequality and patriarchy.
Collective action is the way towards social equality and justice, along with improved relationship at home and among the friends. It creates a powerful vehicle for social transformation. It does not require all men and boys to be part of the exercise, but as social norms change, all men and boys are affected the pressure to change.
Observing a Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or an International Women’s Day is meaningless if we do not understand the crux of the meaning of the equality. Ultimately, it is something that we need to internalize and reflect on in our actions as well. Without this, purely focusing on observances does not help us further the cause of equality at all.
Class 10th, Gurukul International Sen. Sec. School
Solan, Himachal Pardesh