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Fordi vi er kvinner!

12 jun

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Camilla Collett, Fredrikke Qvam, Gina Krog og Fernanda Nissen, er de fire store, som viste vei, tråkket nye stier, og sikret oss retten til å delta i et demokrati, og gjennom deltakelse kjempe for likestilling og likeverd.
De kjempet for det vi tar for gitt i dag. Kvinners rett til å si sin mening, påvirke politiske beslutninger og delta aktivt i politikken.  Det er millioner av kvinner i verden som ikke har rett til å stemme, delta i demokratiet og si sin mening – fordi de er kvinner.

I år er det 100 år siden kvinnene fikk full stemmerett på lik linje med menn. Norge var blant de første landene i verden som innførte allmenn stemmerett for både kvinner og menn. Vi er privilegert.

Alle kvinner i Norge har stemmerett, men har alle kvinner i Norge en stemme?

Loveleen Rihel Brenna: Stemmerettsjubileet Arendal 11.juni.2013

Loveleen Rihel Brenna: Stemmerettsjubileet Arendal 11.juni.2013

Kan alle kvinner i Norge si ifra og fremme sin sak? Svaret er NEI, det var nettopp det jeg og kvinnepanelet ønsket å sette lys på i 2010. Det er noen kvinner som ikke kan fremme sin sak, enten fordi de befinner seg i undertrykkende miljøer, blir truet på livet, eller ikke makter å kjempe mot det «vellykkede» og velfungerende samfunnet/landet. Det er kvinner som befinner seg i situasjoner som slår sprekker i det flotte glansbilde vi ønsker å presentere av Norge. Det er kvinner som trenger sterke kvinner som kan fremme deres sak. De trenger en Camilla, Fredrikke, Gina og Fernanda idag også.

Jeg trengte dem og trenger dem fortsatt. 

Slik som jeg forstår invitasjonen idag, ønskes det at jeg forteller litt om min kamp for frihet. Jeg skal ikke gå i detalj, men min kamp har tre dimensjoner som jeg ønsker å synliggjøre idag.

1. Kampen mot mine egne holdninger, indre dialog og mitt kvinnesyn

2. Kampen mot minoritetsmiljøet

3. Kampen mot storsamfunnet

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It’s about having faith in the girls dreams.

25 jul

My biggest challenge was that nobody believed in me. No one expected me to succeed, says Sara Manzano-Diaz.

 

Manzano-Diaz,director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor in the United States, welcomes me and twelve other committed women leaders from Europe. A dedicated, targeted, attentive and focused woman, has set

Loveleen Rihel Brenna with Sara Manzano Diaz

aside a full hour to tell us about «women and leadership» on various levels. She lectured in everything from managing themselves out of poverty to governance at the national level.

She says that the Women’s Bureau was established in 1920, and their three priority areas at that point were:

–        Eight-hour work day

–        Working conditions for women

–        Equal pay for equal work for both men and women

We have not yet reached the finish line yet with these issues, she says with a sigh.

Wage differences between men and women, is not an unknown battle for Norwegian women.

Wage differences

This question also concerns Manzano-Diaz. Women earn less than men systematically. Salary conditions are as follows:

White women earn 80 – 100

Afro-American women earn 70 – 100

Latin American women earn 60 – 100

Wage differences are due to several things in addition to gender differences. An example would be that we have few women who educates for careers that offer higher wages, such as science, engineering and green growth. Green Growth is a priority that can lead many women out of poverty. It will be an important focus for us in the future.

Nontraditional education and business

What about women of Asian background, I ask. There is something strange there; they earn little more than white women. This is because they take often take non-traditional education and they are putting more on stake more on business.

After an exciting hour with many good ideas and suggestions on how we can empower women, I ask: what was your biggest challenge to get to where you are today?

My challenge was that nobody believed in me. No one expected that I, a girl with a Latin background, could succeed. I came from a poor Latin American family from the slums. I was an interpreter for my family, and through interpretation of the role, my dream of being a lawyer grew. But the environment around me tried to kill my dreams, through their attitudes towards my background and me. But my parents had faith in me. Eventually I came in contact with good mentors. But mentors are not enough; you must have someone who sponsors you, gives you a chance and have faith in you. Today, she represents 72 million working women in the United States.

After the meeting wit Sara Mansano-Diaz, I was even more sure that Seemas focus on humans will and power to learn, develop and dream of a better future is the way to go. For us it’s about having faith in girls and women who want to follow their dream. It may be the dream of becoming a leader, or find a way out of poverty. We have faith in employers and businesses looking to make a positive difference in society by taking social responsibility for people in vulnerable situations.

It’s about believing in girls and women, and give them a chance! It’s about having faith in humankind. It’s about faith in the girls’ dreams.