Gender equality – How can we support gender neutrality! This is the third post in the series of Gender-Talks, the cause that I chose to write in the coveted #CauseAChatter challenge by BlogChatter. We have discussed the basics of gender-neutrality, and Why we need to talk about gender equality now, more than ever. In this post, I would like to emphasize ways, how we can support gender equality in our capacities.
Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, boys and girls. It is everyone’s resposibility.Ban-Ki-moon
Below are a few suggestions on how you can contribute to gender equality, these small changes can add up to the huge value in a better and respectful future for everyone. As they say, charity begins at home, with these minuscule changes we can build a better and more responsible sociological system around us.
Support Gender Equality at home –
Support gender-neutral living at home by sharing the workload of household chores. Taking care of parenting responsibilities (equal-parenting), cooking, and other stereotyped ‘women jobs. As partners, protect the innocence of kids at home by balancing gender roles. Career, work, kitchen, chores, are the roles that come with the baggage of specific gender. Break the barrier and start supporting each other in their respective areas of duty.
Reflect & Respect –
Reflect gender equality by mutually respecting every individual despite their gender preferences or identities. Over generations the gender identities are ingrained in our minds and life, it is now important to see everyone with mutual respect and come out from the clutches of what gender roles they play in society. Support gender equality by example, stop stereotyping, and accept everyone as a fellow human being. Respect the choices of others.
“Until we get equality in EDUCATION, we won’t have an equal society”. – Sonia Sotomayor.
Education enables development, and it opens up wider reach in the social, economic, or behavioral perspective of a democratic society. Quality of education in developing economies, push back the barriers of gender inequality. Giving all children an equitable start would lead to better economic and social outcomes for individuals, regions, and our nation.
Education also strengthens the role of gender-appropriate learning in society, which enables them to fight gender stereotypes in the long run. Gender equality is a wider spectrum, and with education, a democratic society also learns its political and social rights. Which in a way also reduces gender-based violence up to some extent.
Discuess gender issues at home –
Don’t shy away from discussing gender issues in front of the children. Talk about the issues, good or bad with kids in an age-appropriate manner. Never snub away the curiosity in kids, as today they have various avenues to get their doubts resolved. Hence, it’s better to curb the questions at right time and in a proper manner.
There are various NGOs and gender-education services that provide counseling if needed, always choose right and correct information to overspread over the social media or grapevine.
Reject the Binary –
Our language plays an important role when it comes to gender equality, and teaching gender-neutrality to children. Reject calling children by the binary gender – male or female, instead use the words like kids/folk, children, guys. These small changes add up to bigger values when they try to break the gender-specific shackles.
‘Girls, are you going to play cricket’? OR ‘Kids, are you going to play cricket’? I choose the latter, as over decades cricket has been ruled by males and has been considered as a male-dominating sport until recently.
‘What is MOM cooking in the kitchen today?’ to ‘What’s been cooking today?’. Break the barriers by using gender-specific language. Check out this infographic made by the genderbread person, below.
‘This post is part of Blogchatter’s CauseAChatter‘
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