Does gender equality negate chivalry

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Equality needs commitment - and obviously time too. (Photo: iStock)

"Oh, it's women's day again," I hear myself say to a colleague in a bored tone - and I want to bite my tongue right away. This day is certainly justified. But the fact that women still have to chant and chant the same slogans every year - 29 years after my first day of women's strike - tires me.

But maybe I'm just too impatient? Because what are 29 years when you know that the political struggle lasted over 100 years until 1971, when Swiss women also received political rights. Or: That there will be another fabulous 60 years - that is, until 2079 - before men and women are equal in Western Europe. This forecast comes from last year's WEF report and could make you pessimistic. Just like the fact that Switzerland almost ranks last in the Glass Ceiling Index when it comes to dealing with female workers. The list is published by the British “Economist”.

Every day is women's fight day!

If today women all over the world take to the streets again and denounce the lack of fair wages, sexism or the poor social benefits of mothers and women in old age because they have been doing unpaid care work for years in their lives, then that's right. International Women's Day on March 8th, also known as Women's Struggle Day, is intended to remind us of what we have achieved so far and what is still in a bad way.

What is more decisive, because it is more decisive, is that we piss off and get involved on the other 364 days as well: Equality must be implemented in community politics, in the job, but also in people's minds; in daily thinking and acting. Every day is therefore women's or human day, if you will. We have to be heard - whereby “we” means women and men. Equality can only be achieved if the two sexes work together.

Because issues such as the compatibility of work and family, part-time jobs for women and men or the expansion of supplementary childcare are not women's issues. They are social issues and they all concern something. The same with the demand for paternity leave or a fundamental equality of father and mother after separation. If we speak of equal rights, then correctly. That includes marriage for everyone.

So we act accordingly by ...

  • stand up and stand up for our concerns.
  • Voting politicians who are serious about equality. They advocate supplementary family care, paternity leave or parental leave.
  • Address grievances and suggestions for improvement in our community or at our workplace and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Look away instead of looking the other way when you see sexual harassment or bullying.
  • Living a partnership-based division of roles as a matter of course - and being role models for our children.
  • support and encourage each other. We're not talking about advancing women, we're hiring women.
  • deal with our old-age provision (1st and 2nd pillars) when we work part-time or earn no money at all. (Reading tip: women, think about retirement provision!)
  • talk about our wages. With our bosses and colleagues. This is the only way to find out whether it is justified and whether there is a difference based on gender.

With this in mind, I wish everyone a successful day.

Also read on the topic:

Why is femininity worth less?
Do we need a strike?
We wish that on Women's Day

Also worth seeing is this entertaining interview with former Federal Councilor Ruth Dreifuss: “How Swiss men kept women out of politics until 1971”. Appeared on BBC World two weeks ago in the series “Witness History”.