“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression” (Nelson Mandela).

Is it possible to be a “real man” without the support of a “real woman?” This lovely lady can be your mother or wife. At any rate, without a female, people cannot come about as all mammals raise their young internally. Since this role is vital, why do we still see inequality between men and women in the 21st century? Where does it come from? Is religion, tradition or lifestyle the cause? This map (1) will help you get the idea.
In progressive societies, there is affirmative action for women. They can retire early and have maternity leave; working less is their right as well. This may be controversial, but I believe this hinders our pursuit of true gender equality. Even so, in the parliaments of some countries, women are significantly underrepresented. Some political parties have limited room for females. They think that women are not capable of “managing their country.” In reality, women have helped create the whole world of nature. Perhaps, that is why we declare “Mother Nature,” and not “Father Nature,” as the overseer of us all.

I would like to end my post with some quotes from influential people: “Gender equality is not just a goal. Gender equality is the basis for reducing poverty, creating sustainable development and building good governance.” (Kofi Annan)

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/mapped-the-best-and-worst-countries-for-gender-equality/

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