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Let’s Build A Gender Balanced World

Better the balance, better the world” say International Women’s Day

This year’s campaign from International Women’s Day is a bold one. “Let’s build a gender balanced world.” It’s also something The Dadsnet Community explores with our aims of readdressing the balance and role of fatherhood in society.

If we can achieve a better balance in our family dynamic, in our employment opportunities, education, societal privilege, treatment of others – the world would truly be a better place.

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For now it’s a pipe-dream. There’s a long way to go before there’s any form of “balance” restored to human identity as a whole.

Parts of our civilisation are striving and campaigning for equality, knowing / not knowing, it will probably never happen.

There will always be rich and poor.

There will always be a bigger, better and stronger.

There will always be violence and aggression.

Perhaps to strive for a “balance” is simply the compromise humans will have to reach. Things will never be equal – there will always be give and take – it just has to equalled out at the next available opportunity for all parties to survive.

International Womens Day have highlighted their take on ‘balance’ on their website :

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Strong words indeed. There’s belief to be had in raising balanced children, which must ultimately be more essential, more impactful. Parenting isn’t gendered. Being a Dad isn’t either – it’s a figure of principles. Anyone can take on the role of Dad.

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The following quote from Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, argues:

 “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

First, we have to make everyone care. To human is to struggle – is there unity in that? Perhaps we can bring a balance to that struggle.

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