(Note: Image adapted from http://www.virtualjerusalem.com)
We should study Women as Change Agents because this topic is crucial to us as female right’s activists. Not only will studying this topic prove beneficial in our future endeavors, it will also act as a foundation for us so we can then, in turn, guide other women.
With the turn of the 21st Century, more and more women are gaining access to careers, education and businesses that are global and need to be given the proper training to manage people on an international level. Studying Women as Change Agents will broaden our knowledge of how to become better leaders, innovators, activists, educators, and mothers of tomorrow. The better prepared we are with our training and education, the better we can motivate and empower other women.
Now, more than ever, is the best time for women all over the world to join each other and work together to eradicate gender inequality. Although there are many women who hold influential positions in businesses today, there are still many limitations on a woman becoming a leader, a CEO, joining the politics, the military and the President of a country. The glass ceiling truly does exist, and in order to destroy this limitation on our gender, women all over the world must be provided the proper education and training to work as closely and competitively as their male counterparts.
We had a guest speaker today from the United Nations and her name is Señora Jiesselinde Gonzalez. She gave a fantastic speech on the UN Millennium Goal #3: Empower Women. She offered some great insight into the issues facing women in today’s world and why we should be the first ones to take action and become the change we wish to see in this world and our lifetime. Some wonderful points she made were:
- More than 50% of the world’s population is female – then why are we placed second in society if we outnumber men?
- Women work on more than 80% of the world’s land, yet only own about 20%.
- Only 17% of all political leaders in the world are female.
- USA ranks #71 in the world for having female leaders; Pakistan (my hometown) surpasses America by ranking #54. If USA has equal rights for women, why has there never been a female President? This needs to change!
- In some regions of the world: women have been said to have the face of HIV/AIDS and poverty; women are killed for not giving birth to a boy; women have had acid thrown on them for disobeying husband/father; and many women are not allowed to leave the house and/or drive without a male chaperone.
Yet, women are more than half the world’s population. Women run the world, act as backbones of families, raise children, run the household, and are an ever-glowing positive and peaceful energy for their family. Women give life; become mothers who promote peace, spread love and spirituality.
What is the best way to approach this issue and implement change? Simple answer: The change must begin with us. We are the women who were fortunate enough to have received adequate education and training to assist others in need. We must begin with ourselves and the change must be spread from the inside out. Educated women of the world need to find the passion within, educate their families, children, husbands and partners on this issue. We cannot leave men behind as they play a very special role in society and without diminishing the traditional male dominance theory, we cannot expect to get very far with our goal. The more women are willing to educate men, the more likely that these men will be aware of our situations and will also become strong advocates for women’s rights.
It boils down to the fact that we need to expand our knowledge, strive to gain proper training and mentor-ship, take leadership responsibilities, educate others, and never, ever settle for anything less. Because we, as women, are unique, we’re special, and we’re worth all the struggle it takes to fight for our equal rights.
The picture you see above is of Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who is a current female change agent and activist, working towards women’s equality, the quality of education for children in her country, as well as eradicating misconceptions the West has about the Arab/Middle Eastern region. She is a great female leader in her country as well as the Muslim world. In 2011, she was ranked as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women according to Forbes. Check out these links below to read some more about her work and contributions to her nation: