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Don't use culture as an excuse!

As we have celebrated International Women's Day this month, it is important to reflect on the progress we have made towards achieving gender equality, but also the work that still needs to be done.

One of the ways we can promote gender equality is by supporting women's rights in other countries.

There are those who argue that we should not interfere with cultural habits in other countries. However, as Linda Scott argues in her book "The Cost of Sexism," promoting gender equality is not only a moral imperative but also makes economic sense. Countries that have greater gender equality tend to have higher levels of economic prosperity and security.

For example, Scott points out that the increase in women's labor force participation in the United States in the 20th century contributed significantly to economic growth and the expansion of the middle class. Similarly, countries like Sweden and Norway, which have made significant investments in gender equality, have some of the highest levels of gender equality and overall prosperity in the world.

Moreover, history has shown us that cultural habits can change over time. Western societies also had times with fewer women's rights, but over time, they have evolved towards greater gender equality.

‼️We should not use culture as an excuse to justify the oppression of women.‼️

Therefore, as we strive towards a more just and equitable world, let us not forget the importance of supporting women's rights in other countries. By doing so, we can create a more prosperous and secure world for all.

Let us all work together to promote gender equality and create a better future for women around the world.

Reference: Scott, L. (2018). The Cost of Sexism. Oxford University Press.

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