“ We need to make equal pay and equal opportunity for women and girls so women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” – Hillary Clinton. Women play a tremendous role in today’s society as they are expected to manage household chores, while maintaining a full time job. Many women are confined to responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, and raising children as they perform the role of a wife, a disciplinarian, an organizer, and finally a mother. The fundamentals to women’s rights are the right to vote, own property, and to hold public office, luckily these notions have been ratified long ago by the united nations. However, women lack essential rights crucial for an improved life, therefore, equality is necessary. Women are entitled to gain equality because of the significance of human and personal rights, gender roles should be outdated, and feminism is not the superiority of women.
Human rights are moral principles illustrated when a person is given the right to life and liberty, freedom from torture, and freedom of expression. However, society thinks that the power exists within the hands of males, therefore, they neglect the ideas and opinions of females. Audre Lorde once wrote, “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” Many women feel unprotected in their own home as they are victims of domestic violence. Women shouldn’t feel violated no matter where they are because of personal boundaries they had set to create safe ways for others to act towards them. As a result, these personal rights allow women’s needs to be met, and a secure environment is established.
According to the national domestic violence hotline, a healthy relationship starts with mutual respect, including respect for each other’s emotional, physical and digital boundaries. Setting boundaries can be an ongoing process in a relationship. It’s important for partners to know each other’s concerns, limits, and feelings, and to be prepared to respect them. Factors like freedom of work and education have been stripped away from many women around the world. Educational skills, knowledge, beliefs, and values belong to everyone, but they are not available to all women. Malala Yousafzai once mentioned “Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.’ Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” Human and personal rights are guidelines set to describe the ideal human behaviour and to build a comfortable surrounding for every human being.
Gender inequality is the major barrier to human development, unfortunately it exists in many workspaces around the world. Gender discrimination surounds us, as most women are judged for their acts while men are not. However, if something is inappropriate or illegal it should be that way for both genders and both should be punished. No one should get away with criminal behavior because of gender. These thoughts are double standard principles because they are unfairly applied to different genders. Our world evolved and improved, so a new way of thinking is necessary. People should not associate genders to a certain job. A new study finds that “Gender stereotypes are as strong today as they were 30 years ago, and that people are even more likely now to believe that men avoid ‘traditional’ female roles.” People nowadays know that judging others based on appearance is unacceptable and that no one should determine the greatness of a person based on their race or gender but based on their personality and character. However, there are many gender stereotypes restricting women from gaining all their personal rights.
It may be true that modern feminism is the superiority of women over men. Men received the state of dignity for a long time, therefore, they have to face the concequences of their torture. In addition, now is the time where women are appreciated and praised for their heavy duties. Men stole women’s lives and stripped their rights, and females have been abused and objectified throughout the centuries. Women have been oppressed for a long time and will not accept constrictions any longer. As a result, women are now determined to excel in many fields such as leadership since they had no choice but to follow mens choices. According to Julie Bindel “The reality is that after thousands of years of living under patriarchy, through no choice or fault of our own, women have developed certain skills as a result of this tyranny.’ However, most women protest for equality of both sexes and not more. Both genders are capable of doing the same things, and people should respect that, only if they were not brainwashed into thinking that men are physically skilled of doing more than women. Whereas that is not the case, there is no difference other than what society wants us to believe. “It’s been 38 years since gender equality was written into the constitution, and yet this equality still hasn’t materialized,” Vanessa Monney, a Lausanne-based organizer of the strike, told France 24. This shows that women are fighting the consequences of unequal rights, choices, and opportunities.