As a woman, what insights/realizations have you gained especially in terms of your own right in our society?
On the other hand as a man or part of the LGBTQ+ what have you learned or realized? (200 words)
Many changes have happened in my life as a woman to get us to where we are now in our society. Listening to and reading about how women were treated in the past has left us all with a sore wound that will take time to heal. It has hit me like a ton of bricks that these rights now protect our sisters and mothers and ensure that history does not repeat itself. Women are at the heart of any community; having women speak up and participate in the leadership of any society will transform the way we live as a country. It is past time for society and our small family units to change, and for women to be heard and respected.
In the past and to some extent in the current society, a culture has allowed women to be abused at home and even in public. Rape and other forms of unnatural abuse evolved as a result of this culture, which no human being should have to endure. This was the norm in most societies; women were not allowed to vote in America until the 1950s. It's unsurprising, given that there are countries where women are barred from voting and, to make matters worse, from driving. As a woman, I've learned to value my rights and the lengths to which they had to be fought for, as well as the women and people who fought for them.
As a man or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it is a realization that all humans are created equal, and respect should be extended to all. No human being should be subjected to abuse; human rights apply to everyone, and chauvinistic attitudes should be relegated to the past. We must all join hands and fight for justice where injustice exists, as well as for those whose voices go unheard. We must also fight for the rights of women in countries where they are still abused and raped, and ensure that they are respected globally.