International women’s day, a day honour women all over the world. It’s also the perfect day to highlight the inequality and injustices faced by women from all walks of life.
There is no denying many women face great injustice and oppression on a daily basis for no other reason than their gender. This is a sad fact of the world we live in, but it is something we can and must fight against.
Equality is something that everybody deserves regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality or any other factor. Equally we can all contribute to the fight for equality regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality or any other factor. To argue otherwise is not only unhelpful but is extremely counterproductive. To tell someone who wants to help achieve equality for others that their efforts are unwanted because they don’t face that inequality has never been helpful or productive. Attitudes like that will only ever serve to ostracise people who may have something to contribute to movements such as feminism.
Creating divisions amongst people, by claiming they can’t or shouldn’t try to help battle inequality because they aren’t directly affected by it, will never help achieve equality for all.
Instead of dismissing the efforts of certain people because of their “privilege”, try entering into rational discussions with them. Help educate them on the oppression, inequality and injustices faced by other groups. Give them the chance to work alongside you and to perhaps use their privilege to help further feminism or any other equality movement. Use the platforms people, such as Richard Dawkins have managed to establish, to reach more people and gain momentum for worthwhile movements.
Don’t just assume that because someone doesn’t face the same inequalities as you that they can’t be a valuable ally.
Everyone can fight for equality!