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“Of course, women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller and they are less intelligent, they must earn less, that’s all,” stated a 74-year-old Member of European Parliament recently.
Can you imagine that even in 2017 people have such views?
This is what women have to fight and stand up against. And this is why women need to be bold for change, be bold to snatch equality out of the hands of such misogynistic individuals who often form a huge chunk of our society.
Last year on the International Women’s Day, I talked about parity. Little did I know then that after joining back work post my maternity leave, I’ll realize how much we lack parity at the workplace. In fact, I’ll come face to face with it. From then to now, I have tried to lean in and grab my seat at the table. But the truth is we are still miles off from achieving gender parity, parity at the workplace.
Parity is what I dream about. Gender parity, actually. My life experience as a woman is affected because of the lack of parity. And I don’t like that.
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I have realized in the last 8 months or so that achieving a reality where women are treated with respect both inside their homes and outside is not easy. When I joined back work post the birth of my daughter, I found out how hard it is for women who want to do both – raise a family while having a career without the help of parents or in-laws. The seats at the tables are not willingly given to working mothers. Some are stifled out of the race. And that’s where I have learnt how important it is to #beboldforchange even if we are scared because I don’t like the sound of 170 years to gender parity.
This women’s day I reiterate my promise to keep fighting for as long as I can. The odds are many and judging by the past months, it is not going to be easy either. But this is a battle I need to fight for myself and for my daughter.
We need a gender-inclusive world. We need to strive for a world where our daughters can earn as much as our sons if they have the same level of skills. We need to strive for a world where working mothers are not seen as non-performers or dead wood.
I’m not naïve and I know gender parity, a more gender inclusive world when it comes to women is probably not possible in my lifetime but I’m still going to keep trying and raising my voice wherever and whenever I can. Because this is really important.
It’s not going to be easy because people like that sexist and misogynist septuagenarian sitting in the European parliament are far too many and a majority of them hold important positions. But it is not impossible as well if women hold on to each other and go-ahead together.
I don’t want my daughter to face the issues that I’m facing at work for being a working mother. I also don’t want her to live in fear of her safety. I want to gift her a world of equal opportunity. And that’s why I’m going to #beboldforchange.
Are you going to join me or not?