Women's Rights Movement of the Philippines: I am not my gender - #FightGenderRoles
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“You shouldn’t carry those large bags, it’s the work of the men!”
“Real men don’t cry.”
“Act prim and proper, be ladylike.”
These are some of the statements commonly said in the different parts of the world.
Gender roles are based on the different expectations that individuals, groups, and societies have of individuals based on their sex and based on each society's values and beliefs about gender. Appropriate gender roles are defined according to a society's beliefs about differences between the sexes.
Everyone has a different role in the society. That’s why equality is an essential feature to both men and women. Unfortunately, gender bias is present everywhere especially in workplaces which discriminates women. Some women are forbidden to be educated, to fight for their rights, to be employed in high paying jobs and have a high salary,and to engage in different activities and jobs as men does like becoming an engineer, architect or even soldiers;
Women are often stereotyped in certain ways by the members of society and their views affects them. People should not judge others by gender alone especially with regards to our capacity to work which can limit our opportunities and growth.
We should learn to distinguish people for who and what they are and not for what the society dictates them to be. If we continue to be true to ourselves and to others, this may enable our lives to flourish and develop into new understanding that may further address the problem of gender roles.
Similar with other countries, gender roles are also striking here in the Philippines. Men usually acquire higher position than women. Indeed, everyone strives for gender equality, most especially women. We believe that the unjust standards may still be changed and improved and that the Philippines will establish a society that will finally recognize the capabilites of both genders.
Do what’s right. Fight for your rights. Everything will eventually be alright.
Sign this petition if you are one of the people that do not agree with gender roles in our society. Once people are more aware of the problems the world faces when it comes to gender stereotypes, it will gradually lead to the awareness of equality in general. It only takes one step, one action and one person to make a change for the better of the community. #FightGenderRoles
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