To all women: you are not fragile – The Royal Gazette
Created: April 28, 2022 07:48
What is Women’s Empowerment?
Accepting women’s views or striving to seek them, raising the status of women through education, awareness, literacy and training. Promote women’s sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.
Why is women’s empowerment important in Bermuda? Let’s talk about it. There are systems, cultures and norms that have been constructed to oppress women. Bermuda has a history of extreme gender-based violence that manifests in cultural norms such as verbal abuse, male stares, female body rights and misconceptions/violations of consent. These challenges arise in formal and informal settings.
This is a topic we aim to raise awareness about and bring solutions to You Are Not Fragile. Our very name goes against social norms of femininity that are projected onto women. Traditionally, women are seen as delicate and expected to act that way when we are the exact opposite.
Being a woman means you have infinite power that for centuries society and governments have tried to diminish. It is now up to women to find it and reclaim our own narrative. Therefore, you are not fragile.
Misogyny is all around us. From school uniform requirements and government structures to workplace dress codes. The focus has always been on what women can do to protect themselves rather than correct male dominated behavior through education, awareness and understanding.
Most efforts to reduce gender-based violence encourage women to protect themselves from the problem, rather than addressing the problem itself. Doesn’t that seem a bit counter-intuitive? But with each passing day, with each year, with each century, we come closer and closer to closing the gender gap.
Although long, it is not impossible. We need to lift ourselves up and empower other women.
Society has taught us to compete with each other: who is the prettiest? Who is the thinnest? And so on and so forth – all based on society’s conceptions of what a woman should be.
We’ve all been pitted against each other, and that’s our greatest weakness. You Are Not Fragile was created to remind all women that, in the words of the late Japanese novelist Ryunosuke Satoro, “individually, we are a drop. Together we are the ocean”.