If half the society isn’t engaged on any number of sectors, success and potential will be limited. In that sense, I do definitely believe there is a growing movement and moment for women’s issues.
I dont want to be someone in my sixties holding on to a group that I created when I was in my twenties.
While women may look different, as some wear suits and others wear saris, or some cover their hair while others wear their hair loose, women need to stand together because they all face the central point of discrimination, although the extremity of which may be different from Kigali to Kabul.
No change can come if those who are impacted the most by discrimination are not willing to stand up for themselves.
I believe that a lot of progress has been achieved to address gender inequality: We have moved from a time where women in the US could not apply for credit card without their husband’s signature to a time where women are the owners of their businesses.
The injustice is that women continue to be the main target of violence both during wartime and peacetime and yet there is still a lack of a public outrage.
I grew up with injustice and could do nothing about it. But once in America, I had freedom of choice.
It appears easier to talk about protecting women than it is to fully include women at all decision-making levels in peace talks and post-conflict planning.
Only 1 in 13 participants in peace negotiations since 1992 has been a woman.
Do you know that people fall in love in war and go to school and go to factories and hospitals and get divorced and go dancing and go playing and live life?
Believe in your passions and act on them.
I by no means intend to simplify the challenges women face in any culture. Women are marginalized in all cultures in my opinion, some in more extreme ways than others.