Anything you can do, I can do better….

Growing up, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us have heard of the age old Nursery Rhyme ‘Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice’ While ‘little boys are made of rats, snails and puppy dog tails’. It’s probably another safe assumption to make that the little versions of ourselves never really questioned the societal norms the rhyme imposes. Or maybe we did? If so … Go us!!

Societal assumptions though and social conditioning is something that we need to address and discuss, not just on designated International Women’s days but also on a regular basis. How many of us women can relate to the feeling that    ‘it’s not sexy or attractive to get angry?’ or as men that ‘it’s not sexy or attractive to get emotional?’ .With great initiatives out there, such as the Sustainable Development Goals which focus on, in particular No. 5 Gender equality and No. 10- Reduced inequalities, we now have the ideal platform to discuss these issues.


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