Rights of Equality is a digital advocacy and activism platform to promote gender equality and women empowerment globally. Our mission is to use digital media to educate, engage and empower the communities to fight against harmful socio-cultural and systemic issues which oppress women and girls.
Rights of Equality was started in 2018 by Swagata Sen as a personal blog with a mission to educate and promote awareness about systemic gender discrimination, gender based violence and harmful socio-cultural norms which affect women. Since then, Rights of Equality has gradually evolved into a digital advocacy and activism platform fighting for women’s rights and equality. From a gender equality blog, it has grown to become a network of like-minded individuals worldwide who believe that women’s rights are human rights, and women all over the world must have equal rights and access to opportunities.
Why Gender Equality?
Growing up in an Indian middle class family, Swagata felt her life experience has predominantly been defined by her gender. No matter what she did or achieved, her primary identity was that she was a female. In her own words, ‘even the most educated and enlightened individuals around me did not believe that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. I felt limited, restricted, discriminated against because I was a woman’
As a young girl, Swagata noticed that people around her would often justify the systemic discrimination between men and women as a part of the culture or tradition. She identified one of the major barriers to achieving gender equality was lack of awareness and decided to dismantle this barrier through education and advocacy. Her journey as a women’s rights activist has been full of obstacles, often with slow or minimal progress. But giving up was not an option as she was committed to creating a more sustainable world for the future generation. You can find more about her and follow her on LinkedIn.
What Do We Do?
Our primary goal is to promote awareness and educate people about how divisive all the societies are when it comes to gender. We believe that the first step to any major social transformation is education and awareness. With education comes the courage and power to think, ask questions and challenge the status quo.
We write about different social, cultural, economic, legal, political, healthcare and domestic issues which are discriminatory and oppressive to women. We want to equip everyone with the wisdom to challenge the social issues and norms that oppress women, and have been ongoing for generations without being questioned.
We empower women and men by providing them resources and guidance to break the barriers of gender inequality. We amplify their voices by providing them a safe space to share their stories of fighting oppression and discrimination, and a platform (Gender Equality Activists Network) to connect with the activists who have been doing groundbreaking work in gender equality and women empowerment. We believe, the more you read, talk, share, ask questions, join conversations and connect with people who inspire you, the more you get the power and courage to bring changes.
We engage both women and men in taking actions in fighting gender discrimination. We promote the fact that feminism is not a movement against men, but against a system which discriminate and oppress women. We equip and encourage everyone in participating in our social-media action campaigns (#EqualityCampaigns) as gender equality advocates using our resources and guidance. We provide the opportunity to bring their concerns directly to our platform as contributing authors. We also offer volunteering opportunities to hone their skills and knowledge of digital activism, and to amplify their impact on social transformation.
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