Population Matters is committed to women’s rights — not only as they are the most secure route towards a brighter future, but also because they are a missing piece of the puzzle to completing the picture of a balanced society through striving for individual rights.
To embody this worldwide battle, we take the pledge to fight for global parity between men and women on the symbolic day of March 8th. We celebrate women from all walks of life, from the most oppressed and disadvantaged to the most successful and powerful.
One of the ways to do this is through improving access to contraceptive methods, to enable women to have better control over their lives. Brazil has shown an example of the negative effects of lack of contraception. According to the BBC, the Zika virus, which infects about one per cent of pregnancies in the region, has greatly affected family planning and women’s lifestyles.
Women’s rights have also been brought back to the forefront of social debate in Saudi Arabia, where women have finally been granted the right to vote and to run for political leadership.
Yet, even before achieving political equality, cultural mindsets should shift to ensure female sexual emancipation. The film Much Loved, recounting the lives of prostitutes in Morocco, was perceived as shocking to Moroccan values and culture. As a result, Loubna Abidar, the leading actress in the film, was verbally and physically persecuted.
On a more positive note, there are more powerful women in the world today than ever before. This symbolizes the improvements already achieved, and the possibilities for future progress in gender parity in the working world.
Interestingly, we notice that major inequalities affect even the world’s wealthiest populations. To conclude: feminism should not wear a female face, but should be genderless. It is a fight that can only be won if everyone takes responsibility for the problems our world faces.