While currently on the verge of adult life, Shiraz is a big-city kid that learnt how to do things her way very early on. “Most of the time, I was the only girl around. The guys thought it was cool that I had the guts to step into their zone. But that did not apply to their sisters.”Chiraz
The position this world gives to men and women is an important issue in my life.
The way I see it is that there is a huge difference between highly educated women and those who are low-skilled. When a woman with a decent degree gets pregnant, there is often a solid financial safety set she can rely on. She pays the bills, takes her children to a nursery, etcetera. A low or non-educated woman with children has a harder time making ends meet and for her, getting ahead in life no longer seems like an option.
A guy does not have to worry about a degree that much: impossible for him to get pregnant anyway.
While at school, girls and boys dream of very different things. A girl has three things on her mind: graduating, finding a job, and getting married. Boys often do not know what they want. They allow themselves more time to relax, they go on trips, buy nice clothes and make sure they have fun before they even think about having a family.
When I was younger, I often had to deal with situations that were simply off-balance. Ever since I turned thirteen, I often hung out at a local youth centre. Most of the time, I was the only girl around. The guys generally accepted me and most of them even thought it was cool that I had the guts to step into their zone. But that did not apply to their sisters, who were not allowed to visit the centre. I found that bizarre, to say the least. These kids were already behaving like jealous husbands.
At least, things are changing. Social media enabled women to exchange more and better information. What used to be too taboo or embarrassing can now be discussed in online chat groups. YouTube is a breeding ground for videos about self-empowerment and emancipation.
I expect things to improve, I am positive that women will be better off in the future. But we have a long way to go. For starters, think about how we raise our children. Boys should not be the centre of attention all the time. Their sisters should get the same amount of space and freedom.
In the long run, equality between women and men will be a fact, and no longer something to actively think about