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“Rallying People’s Support for Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

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I’m Sugandha Singh Parmar, I’m currently completing a Master’s in Women’s Studies. I volunteered with the Red Elephant Foundation to promote gender equality as a part of their advocacy on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

My work as a volunteer was to promote gender equality. As a student in Women’s Studies, I understand the importance of gender equality and its significance to women in all the parts of the world.

Gender inequality is considered to be “our century’s greatest injustice” by many modern day thinkers. The problem of inequality is present; no matter which country I am in. I cannot feel safe when I walk alone in a street full of men; it generates a fear in me.

As a gender equality advocate, I met many people with different views on gender issues. I met an old lady who did not understand my language, and I had to find a translator who could make her understand what promoting gender equality means and how important it is to make it a Post-2015 Agenda. And then, when she finally understood, she was extremely supportive.

I spoke to teenagers and other children and told them about promoting gender equality. They made posters to promote gender equality and sent me a photo so that I could post it on social media as a promotion.

One thing that I’m happy about is that all of them actually voted for Gender Equality as a Post-2015 Agenda. It was my first volunteering experience but I feel lucky to have done it. I have learnt a lot while working for this project, and interestingly, in a sense it has given me a sense of determination and a belief that gender issues are not completely invisible now.

I am hopeful that we are moving towards a better place where most people are informed and sensitive towards gender minorities and the atrocities against them. If gender equality is taken really taken-up in the post-2015 agenda, I would believe that my efforts to promote it were not wasted.

To read more about the Red Elephant Foundation’s initiative, click on this story: My World: creating gender equality awareness, one volunteer at a time.

11258181_822411354510814_4580213429675139133_nSugandha Singh Parmar is a young feminist activist and MA student in Women’s Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Hyderabad, India.

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