There is a misconception that all battles for women have been won so far, and that is why the persistence of women emancipation campaigns irks some people. Yes indeed women currently vote, work and own property just like men. However, there is still a lot of unfinished business of the world’s women today. The statistics speak for themselves: Women perform 66% of the world’s work, thereby producing 50% of its food. In return, they only earn 10% if the world’s income and own only 1% of the world’s property. That is why a lot is yet to be done.
Indeed, there are still so many issues to fight for. Women are still waiting for the time when they can walk in the streets at night without fear of being assaulted followed, or even shouted at. They are still waiting for that time when they will not depend on protection from men. This time need to come as soon as possible, as millions of young boys and girls are growing up in a society that accepts violence against women, and where female subjugation is the norm.
What is yet to be achieved from the United Nations World Conference on women in Beijing
Close to 20 years after the United Nations World Conference on women (Beijing), women are yet to fully accomplish their mission of making it known to the world that Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. There are however, several achievements so far. For instance, access to health and education has improved significantly. Maternal deaths have reduced. However, full, equal and rational participation of women in civil, political, economic, cultural and social life is yet to be attained.
Economic opportunities are still few and far between for women
There still exists a huge gap between women labor force and men labor force. In most countries, there is still a limitation to the extent of women’s participation in the growth of the economy. Women still earn less than men doing exactly the same job. Paid maternity leave is also not acceptable in some countries. These issues are yet to be ironed out. According to statistics, if the gap between women labor force and men labor force is closed, then the worlds GDP would grow by approximately 12% by the year 2030. Women must make sure that this comes to pass.
Legislation on discrimination against women
There are laws against discrimination against women, but these laws lack the rule of the law. Implementation and enforcement of these laws has been hampered by cultural norms that encourage women discrimination. Women must work towards promoting gender equality to this end and eliminating the barriers to it.
Technology grows by the day. However, the woman is not able to keep up with this development because of poverty, ignorance and illiteracy. This has created a large gap in internet and mobile connectivity between men and women especially in the developing countries.
Women are yet to make men feminists too
We need men to stand with their sisters, wives, mothers, lovers and friends in this fight against male dominance. Luckily, some men already recognize the need for such a move, with John Legend saying that all men should be feminists. If men cared about women’s rights, the world would be a better place. “We stand with women by fighting for economic security, protecting access to health care and supporting women’s leadership across the country.” I hope no woman missed this quote from Barack Obama.
Despite the effects of tremendous efforts in women emancipation, women still need to work harder and smarter if their objectives are to be met. This is a reality, and the day these statistics change in favor of women is the day women emancipation and empowerment campaigns will be erased from the calendars. Motivation lies in the fact that Change is possible. It is actually inevitable. It is the business of today’s woman to ensure that by 2035, the battle for women equality with men will be won.