This year’s theme for Woman’s Day is Woman in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Today, the 8th of March, the United Nations calls out to all social actors to take a step towards equality within the working sphere. One would hope that with a such a remarkable history tainted with patriarchy and misogyny, women would have overcome the most obvious obstacles in what should be our modern day world.
Just a few days ago, a video of far-right Polish MEP, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, surfaced the web. The video exhibits a textbook case of a man who believes he is privileged simply because of what’s found between his legs. The MEP bluntly stated:
“Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent and they must earn less.”
Korwin-Mikke is no stranger to provocative and controversial speeches, especially against the opposite sex. While this outlandish act did not go unnoticed as it has been stated that the Polish MEP might be facing sanctions ranging from a fine to temporary suspension, it opens up a fresh debate about gender inequality.
Spanish MEP, Garcia Perez boldly stood up to Korwin-Mikke on behalf of all European women who are stifled and suppressed by “esteemed” men, like himself. Perez forms part of the 37% of women in the European Parliament. Malta has the highest percentage of female MEPs in the European Parliament with a staggering 4 women to 2 men. It is thanks to the thriving aspiration of Miriam Dalli, Therese Comodini Cachia, Marlene Mizzi and Roberta Metsola that Malta has taken a leap forward, on a European level.
Ironically, as Maltese women are progressing away from our little archipelago, on a National level, women’s presence is still lacking with only 13% representation. Just yesterday evening, during a live feed, Joseph Muscat added that quotas should be introduced in order to somewhat even out the gender gap when it comes to employment. Dr. Muscat also emphasised the importance for women to be financially independent. Economic stability would in turn (according to Muscat) result in less abuse and less dependence on men.
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca voiced her personal concerns regarding the stark differences between the achievements of women within society, in comparison to men’s. Mrs. Coleiro Preca went on to claim that :
“Gender equity is not simply a ‘women’s issue’. It is essential for our healthy democratic republic to take our responsibilities, as women and men, and the whole of society, seriously”
Now, how about we all tone down the redundant posts about appreciating the woman in our lives (appreciate them always, not just today, by the way) and get down to the real issue at hand. Feminists and activists have done their utmost to help the female race escape from their passive and docile state; however such attempts may be futile for some. We can’t choose to discriminate ourselves when it suits us; such as when women are the ones abusing their husband (yes it is a thing) or claiming that Hilary Clinton lost the election because she lacks testosterone. If we keep using sex discrimination when it to soften certain blows or get out of a mishap the female race will never progress in the way it deserves.