As parents, we have many hopes for our children. And children are now our best hope for achieving gender equity. When I look into my newborn’s eyes, I hope that:
In the near future
Girls are respected
Boys are allowed to cry
Girls will be fighters
Boys can be carers
For both yes means yes and no means no
Girls and boys will fight the climate crisis together
Wars will be eliminated
There will be enough food for all of them, always
Girls will earn the same as boys
Boys will earn the same as girls
Girls will pursue a soccer career equal to
Boys who will pursue a soccer career
They will walk hand in hand to make life better on this planet, for boys and girls.
A WEF report says that it will take 132 years to close the global gender pay gap. Our generation’s best bet to achieve gender equality is now hoping that the next generation has the courage, determination and wisdom to do the right thing, faster.