We’re all equal – understanding gender equality

For a long time society has tried to draw a line between what is considered appropriate for males and what is considered appropriate for females. From the subjects we take in school, to the types of jobs we pursue after school and even the sports we play. Most gender stereotypes were created years and years ago and have been integrated into most cultures and traditions. However, times have changed drastically and we have evolved. Today woman, and men, are realising that being a male doesn’t make you better than being female or vice versa. No sex or gender is better than the other. We are different yes, but we are all equal chomas.

Let’s take it back to basics

In the old days women were expected to stay home to do all the cooking and look after the family and the men were expected to work and be the “bread winners”. Even in the caveman years the women were the gatherers and the men, the hunters. While this view still exists today, times have changed quite a lot and many women no longer feel like they need to stay home and work. Gender roles are constantly being challenged – which is definitely a good thing because people should be allowed to decide what they want to do with their lives, not told what type of male or female they should be, right?

Freedom of choice

Being a certain sex or gender should not dictate the choices you are allowed to make. Just because you are a female, doesn’t mean you are not allowed to pursue things like engineering or play sports such as soccer. In saying that, being male doesn’t mean you are not allowed to be a stay-at-home dad or study to be a nurse. Being able to decide what you want regardless of what gender you are is what gender equality is all about. Gender equality is achieved when men and women, boys and girls, enjoy the same rights and opportunities.

Bringing an end to sexism

What is sexism chomas? Well, I’ll define it: Sexism is discriminating, stereotyping or being prejudice against someone simply because on their sex. Being judged based upon your sex/gender or being expected to act a certain way based on your sex violates your human right. The unfortunate truth is that women and girls are most at risk of experiencing sexism and discrimination.

So how do we end this choma? Well, it’s going to take some time, but if each of us makes a decision to stand up for our rights while respecting the rights of others, we will get there eventually. Respect others and the decisions they make for themselves. Just like you would respect an elder, a parent, a teacher, or a family friend – respect your peers regardless of their gender, their career choices and life preferences.

We are all created equal.

So let’s spread the equality chomas!