The fight for women’s rights has been ongoing throughout the ages, but there are still many places in the world where women are not treated as equals to men. In some countries, women aren’t even allowed to vote! Sadly, this means that women in these countries are unable to hold their government accountable or choose where and how they want to live their lives. By being an advocate and spreading the word about women’s rights, you can help change these policies and help empower women all over the world.
What are women’s rights
Women’s rights are about equality; they’re about ensuring that women have exactly as much say in government and at home as men do. Women and girls make up more than half of the world’s population—that makes them powerful, not weak. Women’s rights are about improving their lives, health, and future opportunities. That includes being able to speak for themselves, decide where they live, go to school, and get paid equal pay for equal work. It also means protecting women from gender-based violence including rape, domestic abuse, and genital mutilation—which is still practiced in some places around the world! Here are 10 ways you can become a women’s rights advocate and make positive change in your community.
1) Stand Up for Your Beliefs
Staying silent only perpetuates gender discrimination. If you see something wrong, say something—and take action. And that doesn’t just apply to women! We need each other to fight for our rights and make an impact. Like when you have an idea and stand up for it, even though everyone tells you it’s crazy or too much work. That kind of strength and support comes from each other, not within ourselves.
2) Support Equal Pay
Women continue to be paid less than men in most workplaces. Start by supporting equal pay for women. If you’re lucky enough to be paid as much as your male counterparts, that’s fantastic—but do more than sit back and think about how lucky you are. Look at what your employer is doing to make sure other women are getting equal pay, and help them out where you can. For example, if an organization is looking for volunteers to serve on its diversity committee, offer to lead it if they won’t have any female members otherwise.
3) Understand Sexual Assault Statistics
When you think of rape culture, it’s easy to assume that it exists only in extreme circumstances: in war-torn areas or developing countries where women have no rights. But here’s something that many people may not realize: Rape culture is alive and well in America. The sad fact is that our society doesn’t tell men to respect women; instead, we excuse their bad behavior by telling them not to get caught doing boys will be boy’s stuff. By becoming educated about what constitutes rape culture and letting your elected officials know you don’t tolerate it, you can help stop these awful crimes.
4) Learn About Rape Culture
Rape culture is all around us, and to help fight it, you must learn how it starts. Rape culture refers to a society where rape and sexual violence are common and excused. Part of rape culture includes victim-blaming – meaning, even if you do everything right if you are raped or sexually assaulted, people will say What were you wearing? Why were you out so late? Did you drink too much? The best way to fight against rape culture is to be educated about it. Learn as much as possible about what exactly rape culture means and how we can fight against it.
5) Educate Yourself About Abortion Laws
The legal status of abortion varies greatly from country to country. In some countries, such as Ireland and Poland, abortion is illegal with exceptions made only for life endangerment. In other countries, like China and North Korea, women may be subject to forced abortions if they become pregnant in violation of government policies. And in some places—like Bolivia and Nicaragua—it’s common practice for women to obtain abortions without restrictions or punishment. Wherever you live, educating yourself about your local laws can help you advocate for your rights when politicians and activists start fighting over what should be legal or illegal. Your voice is important! Use it to fight for what’s right!
6) Call Out Sexism
One of the easiest ways to become an advocate for women’s rights is to call out sexism when you see it. Sexism is not always overt; some of it is subtle, and your awareness will help other people become aware too. So, if you witness someone being condescending or offensive towards a woman because she is a woman, let them know their behavior was inappropriate and disrespectful – don’t stay silent!
7) Follow Gender Equality Movements On Social Media
Although gender equality movements have made great strides over recent years, there’s still much to be done. While you may not agree with every position that these groups take, it’s important to keep an eye on what they do and how they react to major events in society. Follow your favorite women’s rights groups on social media can help you stay up-to-date on their news, as well as provide you with real-time action steps that you can take yourself.
8) Understand LGBT Rights Movements
It’s easy to stand up for someone else’s rights when you think of them as abstractions. But when you have an actual person in front of you, it gets harder to stand up for their rights. That’s why it’s important to learn about how LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights movements are taking place in your community and beyond. Understanding these movements empowers you to become a stronger advocate for other people who don’t have equal rights.
9) Donate To Advocacy Groups
One of the easiest ways to take action for women’s rights is by donating to or volunteering with an advocacy group. Though many advocacy groups focus on reproductive rights, some work specifically on women’s issues in developing countries and refugee camps. Many resources exist to help you learn more about different women’s rights organizations and find one that resonates with you.
10) Practice Yoga
Yoga is more than just an exercise. It’s also a mindset and it can help you stay positive, mindful, and present in everyday life. As you may know, women’s rights are under attack in America and around the world—but that shouldn’t stop you from practicing yoga or other forms of activism. Whether you’re looking for something quick or want to dive deep into becoming a full-time activist, here are ten ways you can become an advocate for women’s rights