Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By Milena Erazo DeAmaral
Grade 7, Saint-Françoise d'Assise

About Women Day - Women Rights

Do you think there are still injustices against women in the world?  A lot of people think there are but others don’t know because they are either too young to understand or have been told about the issues.  There are also a lot of people who choose to ignore the problems. If more people, young or old, male or female were informed about this subject we could change their perception and make a difference in our world.

Did you know that in 2017 there are still women who are paid less than men even if they do the same job?   A research study in 2014 showed that women who work full time, are paid 79₵ for each dollar that men are paid.  According to IWPR, a research institute for women rights, it will take until 2059 for women and men to make the same salaries.  You may ask yourself why?  Some people say it is because their employer thinks women will take more personal time to take care of their kids or their parents, but men can be as caring as women!  Believed it or not there are still 41 million girls in our planet who do not have a right to education!  In 2007, in Swat Valley, Pakistan, the Taliban an Islamic fundamentalist political movement took control over the country.  There, girls are not allowed to go to school or to participate in cultural activities, but a young girl named Malala Yousafzai, resisted.  Sadly when Malala was 15 years old she was shot by the Taliban for her resistance.  Miraculously she survived and now she goes all around the world to share her experiences and encourage people to join her in her fight for girls’ education. Malala often says: “We can’t all succeed when half of us are held back”.  We have to recognize that Pakistan is not the only country with this problem.  In Nepal, girls’ education is not as important as boys’.  In Afghanistan, a lot of girls stop attending school after 6th grade.  Also girls are not allowed to attended school with boys.  You might think there are no injustices in our everyday life, but it’s not true! 

Women Rigths

Did you know that in 2017 there are still women who are paid less than men even if they do the same job?   A research study in 2014 showed that women who work full time, are paid 79₵ for each dollar that men are paid.  According to IWPR, a research institute for women rights, it will take until 2059 for women and men to make the same salaries.  You may ask yourself why?  Some people say it is because their employer thinks women will take more personal time to take care of their kids or their parents, but men can be as caring as women!  Believed it or not there are still 41 million girls in our planet who do not have a right to education!  In 2007, in Swat Valley, Pakistan, the Taliban an Islamic fundamentalist political movement took control over the country.  There, girls are not allowed to go to school or to participate in cultural activities, but a young girl named Malala Yousafzai, resisted.  Sadly when Malala was 15 years old she was shot by the Taliban for her resistance.  Miraculously she survived and now she goes all around the world to share her experiences and encourage people to join her in her fight for girls’ education. Malala often says: “We can’t all succeed when half of us are held back”.  We have to recognize that Pakistan is not the only country with this problem.  In Nepal, girls’ education is not as important as boys’.  In Afghanistan, a lot of girls stop attending school after 6th grade.  Also girls are not allowed to attended school with boys.  You might think there are no injustices in our everyday life, but it’s not true! 

In other countries, women’s rights are very different from here in Canada.  In Yemen, a woman is only considered half a witness in the court of law.  In Saudi Arabia, women are still not allowed to vote.  Finally in certain countries, women are not allowed to drive or leave the house without there husband’s permission.  In Canada, women rights were not as good as today’s. Before 1916 women in Canada were not allowed to vote. In 1925 Canadian women were finally allowed to divorce there husband’s if they wanted to.

Personally, I think there are still a lot of injustices towards women in the world.  We should have the same rights as men in all circumstances: education, jobs, the right to vote, our opinions, the right to drive and much more.  In the world, there are a lot of women who support women’s rights such as: Hillary Clinton, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama and the list continues.  A woman whom I admire is Julie-Victoire Daubié.  She was the first women to graduate from university in France.  Do you know the actress Anne Hathaway?  She said: “A man told me that for women I was very opinionated, I said that for a man you’re kind of ignorant”.

There is injustice towards women in the world, even Canada. We have to help women and girls all over the world who don’t have the fundamental rights and have to keep fighting when we see inequalities. Men and women should have the same rights and don’t let anyone tell you differently! Like Michelle Obama said: “As women we have to stand up for ourselves.  We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for all justice for all”.

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