In 1791 a women in France wrote the following:
“Man, are you capable of being just? It is a woman who poses the question; you will not deprive her of that right at least. Tell me, what gives you sovereign empire to oppress my sex? Your strength? Your talents?”
Her name was Olympe the Gouge and the paragraph is from her famous Declaration of the Rights of Women and Female Citizen. She made the declaration to counter to the Declaration of the rights of Men and French Citizen which limited french citizenship only to males. She was an activist fighting for women’s rights. In fact she´s one of many women that has been fighting for the dream on gender equality over the centuries. What Olympe the Gouge did, she simply asked why men think they have the right to oppress her because of her sex. And that is a question I ask myself every time I´m treated differently because I am a women.
We have come a long way since 1791, but we are no way near the destination that is; gender equality. To get to this destination we all need to act together, men and women.
I´m asking you to take 12 minutes of your personal time to watch this speech down below made by Emma Watson in the General Assembly where she is addressing the issue of gender inequality.
Christina Malmgren – AGCP