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Planting a seed 2015-05-18 12:45:46
I had a chance to take part in a course about “gender mainstreaming” in 2014 both on internet and in virtual classroom. That speechmaker asked us to look squarely on gender inequality issues, though we have been urged for gender equality for many years. Sadly, we not yet have true equality for men and women, lots of things we want to change are still rooted by the gender stereotypes. I felt frustrated when I listened to her talking the status in our society, you knew the problems are out there, but you do nothing because changing the stereotype is not so easy.

After the course, one of our webmaster found a speech about gender equality from YouTube. This speech was made by Emma Watson, the British actor and Goodwill ambassador for UN. She gave this speech at the UN for the campaign “HeForShe”. This is a touching speech to ask men and women to take this opportunity to do something for gender equality. She use the Statesman Edmund Burke’s words and that is really impressed me from the speech. He said “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.” We can ask ourselves when encounter the unfair things could we stand up and fight for rights. In my opinion, we tend to be blind if the thing doesn’t matter to us, unless the thing violates our rights. If we only care about ourselves, we can’t make this world better. I truly believe it.

Therefore, Emma said “If not me, who? If not now, when?” She asked everyone to step forward to fight for the gender inequality. Through this main point, gender equality is not just a slogan but an activity. Even in the developed countries, getting the same salary for women is still a struggling thing not to mention in the developing countries. Can you believe we fight for the gender inequality for centuries and just move ahead a little step?

The speech was posted on the Regional Civil Service Development institute of Tainan City English Camp; the members of Tainan City staff wrote lots of replies to express their points of view. Such as, the stereotypes are the key points to stick the pace of gender equality. You can find that unfair things are everywhere in society, career, and politics. Comparing to western countries, we still have the stereotypes that women should not compete with men on jobs, and the higher ranks of a company are leaned to promote men to be directors. These perspectives are from the stereotypes which are women would be stuck in the housework after married and overreact easily on the emotional parts. We are influenced by the traditional ideology unconsciously. Especially, men are taught not to reveal their vulnerable feeling and women are taught not to be boyish.

Could I say if you use the same old way to look at this issue, you won’t change the world? The author of “Thinking fast and slow” had mentioned that we lean to make decisions by instinctive and emotional ways, and that is why we can’t step forward. If we take more logical and deliberative ways, we will have different results on things we want to change especially on this issue.

Gender equality is a kind of ideology, if we have no method to break the stereotypes. Just like Emma Watson and the course’s teacher said if we don’t take opportunity and step forward to fight for gender inequality, we won’t have the real “human right”. If we don’t take serious look upon the gender issue, we won’t have real justice on sexes. After listening to the course, I felt sad about the situation, I truly believe we still need to struggle for the right for women, but I also believe it needs everyone’s efforts. Sometimes, we are fake to be gender equality supporters, we use the numbers, portions to show that we did protect women's right, but if we look gender equality is a human right, we can promote a person by his/her ability not just gender. It means we don't need to sacrifice men's right to show that we do care about the issue, otherwise, you just a men-hating feminist. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi said. In this case, it means we don’t need to be men-hating persons to express our opinions.

Through exchanging ideas and opinions on the website, we can not only learning English writing skills but learning the knowledge of gender equality. It is like hitting two birds with one stone, isn’t it? Hope our city government not only using the course to express the idea of gender equality, but focus on both quality and quantity of gender equality. How to get rid of the prejudice is the priority, if not, no matter how many courses we take, we still let the issues become an ideal module and hard to achieve.