20.10.2011 - Youth Drive Change - UNESCO Youth Forum 2011

Gender equality: the neverending fight

Youth delegate attends the Opening Ceremony of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum © Rajneesh Bhandari

Just to let you know, it is full of women here. My boss is a woman, her assistant is a woman, the boss of my boss is a woman, and their boss is another woman: then there is the main group assisting the Director-General (a woman, the first one leading UNESCO) and guess what: they are all women.

So. Here is my problem: why I am just noticing so much when women are at the top, heading important sectors or institution? Maybe because it is so far from what is happening in my country, so terribly far. In Italy, if there are a lot of women in a company or institution (and if we are not in a school), it means that somebody obliged them to call women representatives. And this is sad.

So somebody of you (especially people who know me), could argue that I am terribly boring always speaking about gender stuff, but I think that it’s so dangerous to forget to fight for it because actually nothing is really changing.

by Martina Castigliani

This article was written by one of the Youth Bloggers of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of UNESCO.

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