The Universal Declaration of Human rights (1948) states that “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, … birth or other status.”
International law therefore states that Gender Equality is a human right.
Cardiff Youth Council has set up a Gender Equality Steering Group to explore experiences of gender inequality and what can be done within the city to improve this.
We had our first meeting today where it was great to get like-minded young people together discussing gender and their experiences.
The main themes that came from our initial discussion were centred on misogyny, gender stereotyping and young people being able to explore their own gender positively and safely. We identified that the internet also had a massive impact on each of these themes, whether it be through negative experiences on social media or the increased popularity of misogynistic influencers.
We look forward to our next meeting on the 16th February to discuss this further!