Gender Equality; People and Power
Power is my newest concept all thanks to the Women Deliver conference 2019 in Vancouver. This is something I think that everyone truly has – little power, big power and anything in between power. Power is irrelevant on its own. It must be owned and used by people regardless of how they chose to use it.
But, when we seek fairness, equal treatment to all gender in all circumstances, oppositions begin to manifest simply because power is a luxury a few person want to own. Power is wrapped with privileges. And can be used to facilitate oppression of others and perpetuate inhumane practices to individuals assumed to have less or no power.
Gender equality is about humanity, love and acceptance. In the words of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, diversity is a fact and inclusion is a choice. Gender is not about lifting a certain group against and/or higher than the others. It is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally (source, Wikipedia).
Just as the best practice of empowerment grows bottom up, the best use of power is when it is shared with people, specifically, people who have less power. In this way, we break structural harmful social norms that limit people and of course that draws us backward.
As I get back to my normal, daily life, I will use my power in new and exciting ways to lift others, accept the undeniable differences around me and use my voice more fiercely to advocate for and advance gender equality.
The #WD2019 was such an empowering convening. Something I think that everyone should have a taste of, if possible. It is such a coordinated movement capable of eliciting a global response to solving social crisis that plagued the world.
As I see it, our lives are connected and when we give hatred, we inevitably ripe same. Therefore, a bright future points to doing away with discrimination of different groups on the basis of who they are, what they do, what sex bodies they have or live in.
And I will like to ask, what will you use your power for?