“When the Taliban shot Malala, they showed what they feared the most: a girl with a book.”
– Ban Ki-moon
history, war has mostly been named a man’s world. Although it is true that,
indeed, men have always been at the forefront of the race either shooting guns
or aiming missiles, the consequence of war has had great impacts on women, as
the majority of soldiers and combatants are men, during times of conflict women
must take on additional responsibilities to protect their family’s health and
safety. Unfortunately, gender equality has not yet become universally accepted
which deeply affects women in war-torn countries as it discredits their
abilities to be fully appreciated, understood, or even heard. Alas, sadly, women
are disabled from holding prominent and influential roles in the reconstruction
of damaged societies.
The continent of Africa is noted as one of the greatest conflicted nations for women. Indeed, of the 136 counties listed on the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Gender Gap Index, Africa is the bearer of the largest gaps between the two dominant sexes on “economic, political, education- and health- based criteria.” For instance, Chad ranked as the 134th least equal nation. Simultaneously, Africa is debatably the continent that is currently undergoing the most conflict.
With such indifference placed on the importance of equal gender rights by certain areas’ governments (see the WEF’s Gender Gap Index), it is safe to say that women’s equality is in dire need of addressing and establishing. Firstly, gender equality is a matter of basic human rights. It is also of the utmost importance as it is one of the main keys to unlocking sustainable development of our world. If women were to have the same legal rights as men, our society would literally have fifty percent more of an opportunity to thrive in all sectors. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once stated that: “They [women] are the heartbeat of our society. They are the ones that determine what the future will be.”