Advocacy for gender equality

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Advocacy for gender equality

  1. 1.  It is not telling women to be like men orto edge out men; it is telling women andmen to expand their social space so theycan freely take on roles according to theirindividual capacities, not on the basis ofsex. It is not pitting women against men; it ismaking women and men actualize theirtrue roles.What is not, what it is
  2. 2.  It is not exhorting women to stop doinghousework and find employment; it ismaking them realize that their work athome makes it possible for others to dopaid work outside of the home; It is alsotelling women and men that housework isa shared responsibility of everyone in thehousehold, as much as it is evry able-bodied member’s responsibility to share inproviding for the household’s needs. It is not speaking for women; it is makingthem find voice and telling them be heard.
  3. 3.  It is not working for women or doingthings for them; it is working withwomen and enabling them to do thingsfor themselves. It is not making a list of do’s and don’ts;it is making preferential options forwomen with a vision of developmentand the kind of society they want, andon the basis of understanding theirsituation, devising strategies for changeand methods to achieve that vision. It is not having pat solutions even tosimilar problems; it is realizing that thedynamics of gender varies from cultureto culture.
  4. 4.  It is not giving “expert” advice; it islistening to others, and with them,analyzing situations and formulatingsolutions according to prevailing resources;It is being aware of the complexity anddifficulty of the concepts that requireunderstanding, the values that will bechallenged, institutions that have to betransformed. It is not end justifying means; it is ensuringthat processes reflect the vision of a freeeand just order.
  5. 5.  It is not approaching or relating topeople as “roles” e.g., “housewife”,“farmer”, “manager”, “secretary”. It isapproaching and relating to people aspersons. It is taking initiative ratherthan reacting to someone else’s actions;it is appreciating the value of diversity. It is not being superheroes; it believesthat each person has a role to play, andthat collectively, we can re-shape andre-direct our institutions, ourdevelopment.

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