I began writing this blog to help bring awareness to the issue of gender inequality, an issue that affects us all on a global scale. This blog will shed some light on the injustices committed against women and girls throughout the world, share stories of struggle and hope, and promote the empowerment of women everywhere.
In many places women and girls are considered expendable, less than human, and are treated as such. Although it is an uncomfortable issue to face, difficult to read about, and easy to turn away from, it is important to see in its full reality due to the enormity of suffering that is inflicted upon women in so many parts of the world. Violence against women is an issue that can be stopped and it requires effort from a political scale to a individual one.
The right to an education, to freely choose a partner, to safety from physical and emotional violence, to make choices about their bodies, and to be provided the opportunity to contribute to a community, are all rights that women and girls deserve. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn, authors of Half the Sky, propose that women are not the problem but are a rather big part of the solution to many of today’s global issues . Empowering women through education, allowing contribution to the local economy, and freedom from harm has a ripple effect that carries throughout entire communities, bringing greater health, happiness, safety, and success to everyone.