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THE XY OF EQUALITY

The XY of equality is a bilingual club created by Mrs Diallo, our English teacher, for the purpose of discussing gender roles, gender rules, gender expectations and the inequalities between men and women. This club is mostly constituted of 10 to 12 graders who made posters of feminism and feminists for women’s rights day on march 8, 2017 that were exposed on school grounds.

Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define and advance political, economic, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.

The creation of the club to enlighten students on the ways of the world is important, especially when we’re living in a country where most women don’t go to school and end up as nothing more than housewives. This club teaches students that they should not be defined by the norms of society and should pave their own way in the world.

Among the many exposition, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who is an inspiration to us all, her creative writing about feminism has earned her many awards. And upon asking some of the students who participated in making these posters why they were involved, they said “It’s important to be a supporter of women's rights and working actively towards achieving them.” That could not be truer, we need a place to help us define ourselves, and this club is it.

“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Sharon Zelalem, TES2, 2017

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