Beyond personal

 

I am not a big fan of all the various International days, but I know that sometimes it’s good to remind people about different issues that occur. The 8th of March is the International women’s day. You can find interesting facts about it on the related Wikipedia page. I definitely know people who believe that this is pointless and that there is no reason to celebrate such a day. Also, some suggest that similarly we should celebrate a men’s day. Maybe we should, but I believe women’s day is more important. I know that we cannot change everything in one day or for one day, but reminders and awareness are very essential for things to be changed.

Throughout my research time, I met people who are not interested in changing the situation for women or that believe there is no issue to be addressed. Some of them are women. Interestingly, they support the idea that all is fine and that they never experienced any difficulties. Even when they are lucky enough for this to be true, I believe it’s very selfish to deny that there are women who struggle and face problems every day around the world. I believe it’s very selfish not to want to contribute to the efforts to make the world better for everyone. Even when the problem is not yours, but you know it’s there.

I met people who told me that they deliberately give wrong/false information or refuse to take part on surveys and studies, just because they don’t face challenges and obstacles personally, and they don’t understand how important this information would be. But they have to realise that this is beyond personal. It’s not only about you and the bubble that you live in. It’s about everyone. We can change the world, if we all just care a little bit and think things beyond personal. If you provide the real/right information and reply to a couple of questions, that can be another little piece in the attempt to change things that maybe one day you or your daughter will have to deal with – if not now. If you read the story of a woman facing problems in her workplace or if you attend an event about women in science, that could take your thoughts to a whole different level.

Women everywhere around the world deal with obstacles and challenges – sometimes particularly made for them – from unequal pay to unequal job opportunities, and even bigger issues like forced marriage, banning of the abortion right and so many more. If you don’t face such issues, you are lucky. But at least one day of the year, think about what women go through, and if there is really nothing that bothers you and want to change, then fine, don’t celebrate the International Women’s day.

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