Vi kan stadig gøre mere for ligestillingen
Mål 5: Opnå ligestilling, styrk alle kvinders og pigers rettigheder
Af Yazmin Ariel Rodriguez Valle
Achieving gender equality has been a goal since 2000, but there is still a lot of work to do.
If we analyze the situation of women and girls around the world, there is still a lot of discrimination - girls are not able to go to school, women receive lower salaries than men and female genital mutilation.
I connection to the new sustainable development goals - especially goal number 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls – Super17 visited a gender neutral kindergarten in Copenhagen. From my point of view, it is a great idea to teach kids, that they can be the gender or person they want to be. Even if the society tries to pull gender roles down over their heads. It is easier to teach kids, than trying to deconstruct adults, who lived their whole life repeating stereotypes.
As part of the super17’s program, we also went to the Copenhagen pride. It was a great experience for me to see, how Denmark has overcome this hate and fear, other population usually has towards what is different from the norm.
It was interesting to hear how Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize and accept couples of the same sex getting married and having children.
I really enjoyed watching older people being a part of the parade and all the kids with their parents. Many of them might be heterosexual couples teaching their kids to be respectful kids towards everybody.
In El Salvador the reality is different. We still have a lot of discrimination and older people usually stay at home instead of joining the pride. Parents who take their kids to the pride are often criticized, because “they’re teaching their kids the wrong lesson”.
A god inclusive society is where nobody is excluded, no matter their gender, their sexual orientation, their skin color or anything else - the main focus of the citizens are to support and understand each other.
It has been a great experience. However if you look into the details, if you give it a second thought, you can see, that some things are still there, like a strong reinforcement of gender roles.
The reality is, that even though gays and lesbians have their rights, have opportunities and are recognized as part of the society, the government has stopped paying attention to their special health needs, or if they receive the same assistance as everybody else.
We are not asking for “special rights”, but LGBT practices require a different attention. And the things, that needs more work, is the way they are addressing transgender people, because they are not being addressed. It will be a great step, when gender roles are not a part of society. As for now, everybody should be free to be, what makes them happy. So recognizing them and allowing them to change their names if they want to or go through surgery if that’s what they need, it will be a big step for any country.
In Denmark I have learned how a society can be more equal, and I‘m taking good examples home with me. But if we think about it twice, we can still do a bit more and accomplish real equality. We can’t just sit and wait and be fine, if we can stand up and make things better.