As of the 3rd of august, there are over 6 million photos with the hashtag #challengeaccepted on IG. Insane!
❓What is the purpose of this movement?
❓Where did it originate from?
❓What exactly is the “challenge” in Challenge Accepted?
❓How is it challenging to take a selfie?
❓How is this movement making a positive change for women globally?
In today's episode, we're gonna be covering all that plus I'm gonna be sharing practical ways that you can make a difference in helping other women and support gender equality.
Watch now ⬇️
IS GENDER EQUALITY ABOUT MAN-HATING?
No, not at all.
It's not about bashing men. It's not that women are more important than men.
It's about creating awareness about the biases and prejudices people have against women.
If each of you - women AND men, would like to do your part to help gender equality, here are some practical ways to help support this cause:
#1 FAIR SHARE OF HOUSEHOLD CHORES AND CHILDCARE
Household chores and children’s care are every adult’s responsibility.
Ask yourself if there is an equal division of labor in your home. The work of caring for children is still done mainly by women in much of the world. A report released by the UN in 2015 points out that women from developing countries do over three hours more of daily unpaid work (household chores and childcare) than men, while in developed countries, they do, on average, two hours more.
According to studies, the overload of household chores can increase women’s chances of mental illnesses, besides depressing their productivity at work, consequently affecting their salaries.
#2 END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
I'm not just talking about physical violence, but also verbal and psychological abuse (controlling, manipulative and intimidating behavior) because these also affect women.
Sadly, the UN has shared statistics stating that less than 40% of women who've suffered violence actually ask for help, and that's only from family and friends. What's even worse is, lesser than 10% of these women actually went to the authorities to get help after suffering violence.
As a trauma survivor myself, I'd like to tell you ladies that you should get help. Don't be afraid to get help and let the perpetrator know that you can't be pushed around and bullied like you are trash.
If you feel you speaking to the authorities is too much for you to handle, then at least learn self-defense or carry a weapon (pocket knife or pepper spray) to protect yourself at all times.
#3 STOP STEREOTYPING OTHERS
One of the main obstacles to eliminating prejudice is that people have difficulty recognizing that it really exists. Research has already proven that we all reproduce stereotypes and pre-existing notions on many topics, including gender and race. The brain and behavioral sciences have learned a lot about our unconscious biases. We all have them, based on race, religion, sexual orientation and gender. Due to our upbringing, life experiences, what people around us have told us while growing up, it's very easy to stereotype. The important thing is to be aware of our sexist assumptions and challenge them.
Me, being a domestic violence survivor, I don't generalize all men as heartless and cruel just because of the trauma I've been through because it's not fair. There are good, kind-hearted men out there.
Learn to get to know a person with an open mind and then determine their strengths and weaknesses based on the individual, not their looks, weight, or gender.
#4 SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR WOMEN
There are many women and children in poor countries who don't have the opportunity or financial means to study.
If you have the financial capacity to donate to help these women, here are 2 legit organizations that I personally support:
A few years back, one of the things I really respected my mother for doing was offering tuition classes either at a really low price or even for free to some of my classmates who came from poorer backgrounds.
So even if you can't donate, there are many other ways you can offer to help educate other girls and women.
#5 BOYS AND MEN - PLEASE SPEAK UP
Please speak up on behalf of girls and women because girls shouldn’t have to fight for gender equality alone.
Canadian President Justin Trudeau once said at the UN, “Being a feminist for me means recognising that men and women should be, can be, must be equal; and secondly, that we still have an awful lot of work to do,"
Boys and men can promote gender equality by advocating for girls’ education and equal pay, and they can fight against discrimination by speaking up when they witness inappropriate behavior or comments whether that’s on the street or at home.
#6 LADIES - LET'S SUPPORT EACH OTHER
What's more beautiful than support and love from another sister?
If we want CHANGE to happen, then who better to start the ball rolling than we ourselves?
I always believe in community over competition.
If you watched my episode today, you'll see that even as we are trying to succeed and grow our businesses, it is always still possible to take time to be kind and to support another person.
There are enough opportunities and money to go around. What is lacking at times in the pursuit of success and recognition, is kindness.
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
What cause matters to you the most and why? What are the steps you are taking to help support that cause?
Share as much detail as you can. Many lovely souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.
I really hope you found today's episode helpful and perhaps even try implementing one of these ways to promote gender equality and create a better tomorrow for our future generations.
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts.
Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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Knowing when to ask for help and guidance is not weakness. If anything, it's a strength.
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