I have been posting all week about inspirational Women in business and I was lucky enough to realise that I had someone hugely inspirational in front of me who has worked extremely hard to produce this piece of work for school on gender equality. Her words have been written with such passion and depth that I am hugely proud as a mother and excited for her future for the inspirational, strong woman she has the potential to become.
Well done Ella, you are Woman of tomorrow’s world.
“Who gets to decide, which ones of us are excluded from society based on the colour of our skin, our cultures, our religions and our nationalities? Stereotypes have lead us to believe that just because of Hitler and the Nazi in World War II, all Germans are killers. Just because there was a single theft in Romania, all Romanians are thieves. Just because some Islam terrorists attacked, all Islam followers are terrorists. But this is not how our society should be. This is not how people should think of other people that we share this world with as human beings. Because we are only human and that is maybe the only thing that we all have in common. But we should also have common rights. Our society is completely unjust and many people think that it is a cage of thoughts and stereotypes that we cannot escape. But maybe, just maybe if we can make the key then we can change the way we all think. Together.
Imagine that you are at school. You’re in the playground with your friends and then you notice a group of people crowding round someone. Naturally, you go over to see whats going on and you notice that in the centre of the circle, there is a crying boy. His skin is darker, as he has come from an African background. The other children are laughing at him, mercilessly mocking him, prodding him with sticks. Now, imagine that you are that boy. Put yourself in his shoes for just one minute and think about how horrible it must feel to be one of the 26% of people that get bullied merely based on the way they appear to others. Our skin is nothing but a coat around us, that when we take off, we’re all wearing the same clothes underneath.
How do you define difference? So many people have a different viewpoint of the word. But what if being different wasn’t a flaw but a quality? What if being something out of the ordinary was seen as positive? What if being transgender, gay, transexual or even just being a woman, was seen as being OK? Even though over the generations society’s viewpoints on gender equality have changed drastically, women are still losing an ongoing battle for gender equality. Why don’t women get paid the same as men? Why do “musclier” women get looked down upon for having a “masculine figure”? Why don’t women get the same sportive opportunities as men? Because being different might not be just about the way you look, but who you are. Just because you were born the way that you are doesn’t mean you’re different from everyone else. Nobody can change your skin colour or gender. Nobody can change your culture or religion. And nobody can change who you are. So, to make a difference, first, we need to define the word “different”.
Ghandi once said, that if we had no differences, the world would be a very boring place. And he was right. Our differences are what make us, us. They make you, you. And they create the world we live in. Even though so many people are going through a hard time based on how they look, we can change that. But we need to work together. So what if you’re Asian? So what if you’re African? So what if you’re Indian? So what if you’re Jewish? Christian? Fat? Thin? Tall? Small? Blond? A woman? So what if you stand out? So what if you’re different? We are all one world. “Love your neighbour as yourself” as said Mark in the Gospels 12:31 (chapter 12 verse 31). Because if you don’t change the way you think, who? And if not today, when?”