For decades, women have fought for equality and justice in patriarchal societies. But looking at the waves of change in some of the most conservative societies, it seems women’s empowerment is no more just a dream.
In 2012 London Olympics, Saudi Arabia made history that had the entire world in its awe. Not by breaking a world-record, but by allowing women to participate in the Games for the first time ever. Two years later, women were elected to their public offices—another landmark step by the king of Saudi that opened many closed doors for the country’s female population. And most recently, the King has lifted the ban on women driving—something no one saw coming.
To some, such initiatives may seem like tiny steps taken towards women’s equality. But in the long run, it will be these small measures that will become giant strides, and help women rise in what are largely male-dominated societies.
An equally empowering thought that led to the #MeToo campaign, started as a whisper but soon became a roar of millions of women—women who had long been victims of sexual harassment and assault. Before #MeToo, women rarely spoke about the injustices they suffered. But as the campaign picked up the pace on social media, women found the strength to come forward and speak against the harassments they had faced.
It is not just women who are coming to the aid of other women, but also men who want to make the world a more equal and safer place for their friends, sisters, wives, and daughters.