Month: January 2012

Social Norms Part 1

In our post Women at the Top we discussed the social norms, or unwritten rules, that shape gender relations in society, and ultimately affect women’s possibilities to succeed with what they do. These norms are strengthened through what we learn in school, how we are raised at home and what we see and hear through media. Miss Representation is an organization and movement working to change the way media present women. Here is the trailer to the documentary film that Miss Representation has created. When seeing this trailer I started some discussions on Twitter and Facebook on the subject. Should women confine to these norms? Are we of less value, are we less capable, and is it our right to be abused? In these discussions there seemed to be a strong view that we need to continue to push this movement forward, to highlight the strengths of being a woman, and in doing so we must also give light to the positive changes in our societies. How does the media portray women in your country? …

Combating Hopelessness

Recently, I have engaged in discussions on Facebook and Twitter about sexual violence in conflicts. Through my time as a women’s advocate, I have noticed that this topic, specifically, stirs a lot of feelings in people. And mostly it creates HOPELESSNESS. With this post I would like to highlight that this is not a hopeless cause, and that there are several movements and organizations creating change today. Here are three steps that I think are essential for us to move away from hopelessness: EDUCATE. To hear about the children and women being raped in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world is horrifying. Without having the knowledge of what it is about, why it happens, that it is actually a strategic weapon of war, and what is being done, hearing about it may just lead to hopelessness. Therefore, I believe education and raising awareness is the first step towards creating a change. Do you want to learn more? Read about conflict related sexual violence on UN Women’s website or at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative website. …

Women at the Top – continued

Thank you all for sharing your ideas and comments in regard to our post Women at the Top. The discussion has continued on Facebook and Twitter. Emma Lindkvist: I truly agree! It is harder for women to become leaders and also to be accepted and respected as leaders. Women usually have to work a little bit harder than men and are never allowed to make mistakes. They often get attention for how they look and what they wear instead of what they are actually doing. I think we all should be more tolerant with female leaders and acknowledge them for their good qualities, that would make it easier for women to become leaders as well. Natalia Andersen: ‎..powerful women need to be masculine to succeed.. It creates another topic of discussion – what is masculine and what is feminine? @GirlsGlobe Women have an uphill battle in many parts of life. It starts with school, which many girls don't get to complete. Gotta change. — Esha Chhabra (@esh2440) January 11, 2012 https://twitter.com/#!/IAmIValue/status/156827501811863553 Emilie Persson: I also …

Women at the Top

Social Norms. Informal Institutions. Silent rules. These govern all societies throughout the world. They set up rules of conduct and shape the behavior and roles of people living in a community. These rules are needed in many cases, they form our culture and our social understanding. However, in many cases these norms create a socially acceptable discriminatory environment, which is difficult to change. Women meet these every day. Some notice them distinctly in their everyday life whereas others don’t acknowledge them as a problem. These norms are present in the household as well as in the workplace. These norms may create gender related constraints, limiting women’s empowerment. These norms may make gender based violence acceptable or may discriminate against women in the workforce. This post focuses on women in the workforce and women as leaders. Women in the World Foundation asks, “What would the world look like if women were represented fairly in government?” And mention that, “just 18.4 percent of parliamentarians and 10 percent of heads of state are women”. Studies have shown that …

Unlock a World of Possibilities

One thing that I believe in is stopping pity. I have noticed that we are often taught to see the poverty, the hunger, the discrimination, all the problems, but not the possibilities, not the process of empowerment, development or change. What if we see the positive reality? Isn’t it easier to solve the problem and look at the world without closing our eyes? When we believe that girls and women are changemakers and equal citizens in their societies, able to make a difference to their own reality and the reality of others,  then we unlock a world of possibilities. Girls’ Globe is a place of raising awareness of dreadful realities facing girls and women around the world, but it is also a place where the pity should change into passion, playfulness, changemaking and positivity. Here are two changemakers. Let’s celebrate them and stop the pity. Don’t pity, don’t close your eyes. Open them to a world of change and potential. Again, we would like to share this inspiring video from mamahope.org:

Quote #1, 2012

“The unfortunate reality is that women’s issues are marginalized, and in any case sex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women’s issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue. These are all humanitarian concerns, transcending any one race, gender, or creed”. – Kristoff, Nicholas and WuDunn, Sheryl, 2009, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, p. 234, Knopf: New York. @NickKristof @WuDunn in #HalftheSky (p.234) "…sex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women's issues" #thinkEQUAL #GirlUp — GirlsGlobe (@GirlsGlobe) January 2, 2012