WOMEN AROUND THE GLOBE
Did you know that there are countries where women cannot go out to the store alone? Do you know where in Europe women could not vote just 30 years ago? Did you know that in certain places in the world women are treated as second-class people?
My name is Agnieszka Korycka, I am a PhD student at the Poznań University of Technology, an entrepreneur, athlete and creator. Experience from work, sport related travels and those on my own, throughout life, made me realize how little I know about women's lives worldwide. During the World Youth Forum 2019 in Egypt - a session on women's development, I have made a decision to learn more about women’s challenges. I do not accept evil in this world, and each of us has an influence on it - maybe marginal, but not zero.
Being an educated woman, sitting in a room filled with likewise schooled, well-groomed people, it came to me as a surprise that we - are the exception. I have never regarded the right to vote, drive a car or go to school as something anyhow special. Always deciding for myself seemed to be a norm with some nagging of my parents once in a while just because they ‘always know better’.
It struck me that women have only been able to vote for 150 years as in 1869 they have obtained the right to vote in one of the states of the USA. For a reminder see the list of countries with dates when women were granted the right to vote: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage
I have watched the women present, listened to their exclamations and I did not understand what triggered these behaviours. Why some people would get aggressive, others emotional and some feel helpless. I have decided to talk to women and men from different countries to get to know their points of view, limitations, opportunities, frustrations and what motivates them in life. It soon turned out that I will not be able to hear the whole story because of some’s fear about losing their professional careers to even losing freedom or life. Unimaginable. You could speak about absurd justice system in Poland but nobody will convict me for verbalizing my opinion on national tradition or current law.
When I have started the interviews there were moments when I cried.. I am not a professional journalist nor a psychologist. I ask about what interests me and make sure the interviewees are risk-free to answer particular questions. I will try to add research on formal data as much as possible as well as the comments on what was out of question sort of topic. Listen carefully because in some places it is a blessing when you are told ‘if your parents agree, you can even go to school.’
We have the 4th Industrial Revolution, the era of the Internet, and in some places people with the access to a phone are marrying eight-year-olds and not questioning this rationality, in others a woman cannot go alone to a store because it requires the consent of her husband otherwise she risks to face violence or rape on the street.
I have been to many places, and yet only now I opened my eyes. I invite you to learn with me about the laws pointing at women and to help those whose voice needs to be heard and those whose hand is reaching for another hand.
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