In the twenty-first century, the word “Feminist” as well as “Feminism” comes up a lot. Many people believe that the title of a Feminist should be given to females only. However, Feminism is the “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Women’s rights are Human rights therefore, a man can be just as much of a Feminist as a woman may be. Anyone who believes in equality for all, is a Feminist.
I follow the religion Sikhism. We believe in one God who we call ‘Waheguru’ and we pray to our living guru which is the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Recently, I was enlightened by Miss Sukhjit Kaur. She expresses her passion for the Sikh religion through her powerful and creative poems. She is from Australia, has performed on Australia’s Got Talent and is now traveling the world to spread her messages of inspiration and motivation. She shines light on how Sikhs stand out in the community and also how that causes us to be a target for discrimination.This is much like the problem women may be facing. We get treated as a minority. While there has been research done to prove that women and men have the same brain types, we still get underpaid in the identical position as men are is in. Our first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji said “Why should we talk ill of her, who gives birth to kings? The woman is born from woman; there is none without her.” Sikhs believe in equality. Miss Sukhjit points out our differences, but tells us why we should be proud of them. Women have just as much and maybe even more strength than men. Sikhs aren’t terrorists so they shouldn’t be treated like them.The turban is a sign of loyalty, trust and it represents an individual who protects and cultivates the Sikh community. Whether you’re a king or a proper you will sit with your legs crossed on the floor, eating the same food that the other caste is eating during Langar (free kitchen hosted by the sikh temple). It’s great to see similar steps to eradicate discriminatory behaviour towards women, taking place around the world.
I piloted Techsters with girls in mind. By offering a platform that encourages girls to be heard makes them more confident to speak up. We want them to be just as”bossy” as boys who claim to be awesome leaders. We want them to get their hands dirty, experiment, brainstorm and come to conclusions whilst being surrounded by girls and boys that are ready to collaborate!
These are some of my favorite initiatives that are making women just as notable as men, in society:
- He For She: Pointing out that gender equality is a human rights issue (getting men involved too) and voicing every perspective to help push the movement forward!
- The Malala Fund: Educating all women, so illiteracy won’t get in-between a girl and her dreams.
- 62 Million Girls: A program launched by the First Lady and funded by the U.S. government
- Feminist Initiative In Sweden: “The tide is high! Replace the racists with feminists!”
Additionally, these are some recent issues regarding gender equality:
- An Indian shrine is now open to women
- New $20 bill in honour of Harriet Tubman (African American Union spy during the Civil War) and new faces to come!
- Kylie Jenner on Feminism: “I do consider myself a feminist,” she said. “I’m a young woman, for one thing, and I don’t depend on a man or anybody else. I make my own money and start my own businesses, and I feel like I’m an inspiration for a lot of young girls who want to stand on their own.” Glamour Magazine, June cover