Around the world, women and children are affected the most by poverty. From the moment they are born, girls especially face inequalities and injustice in almost every aspect of their lives. This terrifies me to think of how I would feel if this was my children in this position. They are lucky enough to get free education, they don’t have to worry about gender-based violence as they walk to work, they are not expected to do physical work alongside their primary education. They don’t have to be prepared for natural disasters and sleep in warm, cosy beds free from worry.
It is crazy to even imagine being in that position! I’m passionate in empowering my girls to be strong and independent but most importantly I tell them constantly about feminism and equality with men. This is not even a possibility in many countries that do not respect women’s rights, all domestic chores naturally and culturally fall on their shoulders. Caring for younger children comes above their own education and this is then passed onto the next generation. Girls leave school earlier, get married younger and have children quickly, often being a mother as well as a child themselves– and so the cycle continues.