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Women were considered superior and men fighting for their rights to be equal with women in all aspects; be it economic, political or social?
In relation to the celebration of International Women’s Day observed worldwide on March 8, Capital throws you a very different scenario:
Imagine that men were not allowed to vote and had to fight in the courts, the legislatures, as well as in the streets and forums of public opinion for the right to vote, to hold property, to be elected to public office, to get equal education, to hold certain kinds of job, and be paid equally?
Imagine men facing discrimination based on their gender; face sexual harassment in their places of work and were harshly judged incompetent for high level posts because of their lack of compassion and tolerance?
Picture men in Ethiopia fighting for their right to vote and only getting it in the last 50 or so years.
Men had to work twice as much to prove that they are equal to women. Imagine that they were often judged by their looks/physical appearances and not by their accomplishments and are always looked down on as the weaker sex and were not given equal employment right.
Men had to fight to get the right of receiving education. Imagine that the “place” of men is only taking care of household activities and hence boys stay behind to fetch water and do domestic works while girls go to school.
Men, as sons and husbands are considered to be illiterates; their place is therefore in the house where they clean, cook and take care of children while women are not only head of the household but also always the bread winners and responsible for most decisions.
And of course, men, following traditional career paths and intimidated by the cultural norms, have not been able to gain the skills required for top leadership positions; which inevitably are filled by women.
Men had to fight for their right to property as they are excluded from land ownership. Men face constantly problems in claiming property and inheritance.
Consequently, they are rendered dependent on female relatives for survival and have little say over how property is used to generate income or to support families.
Picture a world where men who separate from their wives are likely to lose their houses and property, and when the wife dies, other female family members often claim the land over the husband. Or he gets to become the second husband in a household to simply keep the land or property within the family he was forcefully married into in the first place.
Men face domestic violence, rape and sexual violence, sexual harassment, genital mutilation, forced marriage, crimes in the name of honor, trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Imagine that men (at least 70% of them in Ethiopia) suffer physical violence from their wives or partner at some point in their life.
Very young boys are subject to forced marriages to women that are much older; and had to serve their wives to be able to survive.
And finally… What if…
March 8 was dedicated to men for all the injustice they have faced throughout history. This one day is given to them to show that they are indeed worth of so much more.
The Reality; man’s world
In the real world though everything is the other way around, but would the world be a better place if it was ruled by women?
As mothers, women have evolutionary incentives to maintain peaceful conditions in which to nurture their offspring and ensure that their genes survive into the next generation. And hence astutely avoid war.
Skeptics say that women have not waged war simply because they have rarely been in power. Women would make the same decisions men are making now, leading to not a better but the same outcomes.
Various psychological studies show that men gravitate to the hard power of command, while women are collaborative and intuitively understand the soft power of attraction and persuasion. Women tend to see the longer side effects of things and base their decision on long term outcomes. Recent leadership studies show the increased success for what was once considered a “feminine style.”
So would the world be in a much better condition if women were given the opportunity to lead it? We say why not!