Letter to the Reader: Maya Kota

Dear Reader,

 

Fighting for gender equality is fighting for human equality. Gender equality is most commonly seen as a women’s issue but actually impacts groups across the gender spectrum. The goal of gender equality is to create equal access to resources and opportunities.

 

Women and girls disproportionately face economic, social, and environmental obstacles because of traditional gender roles that perpetuate harmful and weakening stereotypes across cultures. Current education on enforcing gender equality often blames the male population for gender inequality. However, no one is to blame. The marginalization of the female population began centuries ago as a result of many factors. Consequently, it will take many factors to reverse the current status of women and girls, which is why creating peace and security in a community is dependent upon inclusivity.

 

Establishing peace and security requires a plan. Therefore, I organized my categories to mirror the basic structure and requirements of a plan: Creating Inclusive Resolutions, National Action Plans, Implementing New Policies, and Government Maintenance. The first two describe the creation and thought process behind strategies and their relevance to other present-day issues while the latter two examine how to implement and sustain policies that are easier said than done.

 

Many of my sources for each section are by the United Nations (UN) or discuss UN activities. I hope you view each source from varied perspectives. While the United Nations has and continues to help solve widespread intractable issues, it is not perfect and its strategies are not always fully effective. That is why I also included sources critical of the United Nations’ policies so as to create a conversation as opposed to a one-sided dialogue.

 

While there is always more work to be done, keep in mind that even reading this Worldlink reader is a step in the right direction. Taking the time to understand issues plaguing individuals worldwide and examining current actions being taken to fight those issues is one very fruitful way to stop these problems.

 

It is especially important not to view youth as a barrier, especially in regard to creating positive change. Direct your passion to creating inclusive and open-minded conversations and policies while offering your opinions to those who are older.  By seeking to be inclusive in thought, rhetoric, and action, the fight for equality will become easier.

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Maya Kota, Torrey Pines High School

 

WorldLink 2016 Summer Intern

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