What Should Change For Women?

Women beaten up and murdered

Patriarchy, sexist language

Inadequate amount of women in every field

Catcalls

Gender pay gap

Too fat, too thin

The driver is a woman, we might be late

Do it like a man

She has short hair, must be a lesbian

Sexism ignored in school, houses, streets

Such a whore

Trans women? Men, you mean?

Abortion should be illegal

Says she’ll be a doctor, huh

What?? She has a boyfriend?

 

This 8th March I asked young people around me a very simple question: What should change for women?

 

A baby shouldn’t start life behind everyone else just because she’s was born a girl, should be treated equally in both her social and academic life. Women shouldn’t be killed for texting her ex, looking around, burning food or whatever reason. A woman shouldn’t be limited to being a woman, she should be the best director, not the best female director.

Duru

 

 

Wanting equal rights shouldn’t be seen as wanting “privileges”.

Sena

 

 

I want the mindset that suggests women can’t do certain things because they are women to change in all areas: sports, music, cinema and simply while driving. I want the sexist and degrading language to vanish.

Okyanus

 

 

I want equal and safe conditions in the public space around the world.

Altay

 

 

I want the perception of power to change: muscle strength, sexual strength, economic strength, emotional maturity and the power it brings can each exist in men and women individually. However, most of the time each gender is assigned certain qualities. I want this to change for especially for women but it’s, of course, equality for men too.

Göksu

 

 

Prejudices should be destroyed.

Damla

 

 

There should be more women integrated with the political world, so women could be represented better while making big decisions on laws. In fact, 26% of people in politics are women in Belgium. I think it will help to approach 50-50 women and men.

Teoman

 

 

Women should be able to act without fearing being judged. Being a woman doesn’t bring more responsibilities, all genders have the same responsibilities. Women shouldn’t be robbed of the right to do what they want.

Gamze

 

 

Laws should change for women.

Ece

 

 

I think women shouldn’t be seen as “successful women” when they succeed. The fact that the first questions asked are “How did being a woman affect you?” or “Did being a woman make it harder for you?” makes the situation even worse. I want women’s success to be only seen as a success.

Emine

 

 

Women should be able to do anything without being judged for being a woman. They should be able to walk at night without being scared.

Chris

 

 

Women, especially younger women, should have more positive influencers to look up to. By no means I’m implying that one person is more respected than another; however, I believe the emphasis should be placed on women that are disobeying societal norms and therefore sparking revolution for all women. It’s important for EVERYONE to have positive role models such as women in science or in a field mostly male-dominated.

Marie

 

 

People should change. If society’s view does not change, buying a flower for a woman has no meaning.

Rana

 

 

Women in the arts should be the artist rather than muse, inspiration or a model. Artworks that women have not written, directed, painted, created don’t tell our stories and most of the time ignore them. Women portraying their lives in artworks shows their free position in life.

Nur

 

 

Personally, I think that gender equality should be strived for in an equal approach with the aim of obtaining a living standard that’s in a state of equilibrium. I don’t think that can ever be achieved by radically taking either side. Instead, it should be fostered through communication, vested interest, and mutual understanding.

Rylan

 

 

There should be equality between men and women, women shouldn’t be murdered, the oppressive patriarchal ideology should change.

Öykü

 

 

Society’s perseption of women should change. Behind violence against and oppression of women, there are sexist mentalities that we sometimes don’t even realize since they have become a part of our lives. Equality can’t be achieved before these degrading, sexist mentalities are destroyed.

İman

 

 

I think some things should change for all. Women and men should be equal.

Yula

 

 

People’s perception of feminism should change. People think feminism is promoting hostility against men or an ideology that suggests a system dominated by women, while it actually supports equality for all. For belittling behavior against feminists to change, people should learn about feminism.

Eda

 

 

Women should be celebrated every day! Women undergo excruciating pain, violence, and abuse. So women’s empowerment should be an everyday thing.

Nikiwe

 

 

I think one of the biggest problems is that people think feminism suggests that women are superior to men and turn this into a laughing matter. When someone makes a comment about women and criticize men, especially men start to mock this person with ungrounded determinations: “typical feminist, short hair, vegetarian”. Mocking a matter like this makes it lose its importance.

Halit

 

 

I think that people should promote more respect but I think that first of all, what should change is the fact that we, as women, are all united and we need to help each other, stay strong and together! Understand that we are capable and that the first step to equality is unity and companionship.

Julia

 

 

Restricting and oppressive ideologies of society should change because a feminist movement is not possible without an intellectual base.

Yaren

 

The way women are perceived and treated in society, especially in countries where women’s rights aren’t as advanced as elsewhere. Violence against women has become such a normalized occurrence in media that whenever we hear about it, it doesn’t shock us anymore.

Sera

 

 

Stop punishing women for being a woman.

Mina

 

 

I want women to be able to go anywhere and wear anything they want, to share their opinions without fear and not be degraded for being a woman. I want them to be proud of being a woman.

Yasemin

 

 

Women shouldn’t let themselves be victimized and pitied. They should work as hard as they can to be treated the same way with men, and break the stereotypes.

Defne

 

 

Don’t depend on others, depend on yourself. Don’t tell people things they want to hear, speak your mind.

Tarkan

 

 

Special thanks to Nur Güzeldere and Duru Erdoğan for the cover photo.

 

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