Communicating the value of Women's Rights to Women
One of the biggest hurdles to protecting and enforcing the rights of women globally is the lack of will on the part of women themselves to change the status quo. In many parts of the developing world the idea that women have rights is often viewed with disdain as a "western" idea meant to degrade the cultural heritage of that society. The fact that some women still hold this view presents a challenge for those women who wish to be liberated from partriarchy, as they are often considered rebellious and cast out. How do we convince women to value their rights when they have been soclialized to believe that such rights are not necessary?
Women in the developing worlds do not have access to the technology that we have that gives us the advantage of seeing how valuing your rights can give you a better quality of life as a woman. It is one of the better influences that we have on each other where social media is concerned. We can start by bringing these values and benefits to the table for these women to learn, observe and discern.