From our interactions with the opposite gender to voicing out opinions in social media, change starts with our individual actions. To commemorate International Women’s day today, here 5 simple, yet unexpected ways we can all support gender equality in our everyday lives:
Let your kids play with whatever they want
If you’re in any toy store, the section marked for boys has sporting equipment, action figures, and video game consoles. The section for girls? Doll houses and barbies. What message do we send when these are the general choices we give to our kids?
Let’s do our best to challenge our own stereotypes of what toys our sons or daughters play with. If your son wants to play with dolls, then let him. Toys don’t define any gender. It’s just a material meant to be played with.
Don’t let any street harassment happen
Studies show that 80 to 90 percent of women have been harassed in public. And that is not okay. If you happen to witness a catcalling, do your best to call out that person. That simple action may stop the person harassing women.
Use social media to bring attention to gender imbalances
Have you ever read a list about top people in professions and see women barely represented? Attended a concert or event and notice that only male voices are being heard?
Let them know! Bring attention to those event organizers and article authors for the lack of female representation. Social media can be a real and solid way to create change.
These 3 tips are just a start. What are you going to do today to contribute to gender equality?