Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gender equality and machismo

My friend Olivia works with children and families at a center in Mejicanos, a suburb of San Salvador.   She recently wrote a post in her blog about machismo in El Salvador titled Wake up, Raimundo, wake up.  In part of her essay Olivia describes a workshop she helped lead on the topic of gender equality:

It was a beautiful conversation about the roles of women, what kinds of things women and men can do, how women are objectified in this social, political, and economic spheres of society, and what kinds of things women are doing to take opportunities for ourselves when they are not handed to us. I was just so honored and proud of all the mothers I have grown to love speaking up. After the workshop, so many women came up to me to tell me they had learned new things and thought it was such an interesting, worthwhile meeting.

In the end, though, it was mostly a conversation about gender equality with women whose partners will continue to treat them with the same sexist attitude and expectations as always. One mother came up to me and thanked me for the workshop. “It was so interesting! Que bonito!” she said with a huge smile. “I only wish my husband were here. He is… well… he is a little bit machista.”
Read the rest of Olivia's essay here.

2 comments:

Griselda said...

liked it!

Rodrigo said...

Which reminds me of a currently running advertising campaign from Laboratorios López. Perhaps it will help reduce the cat-calling statistics by the cobradores:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUXvnSClUk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elmc5SZn5_M