It’s Time for Equality

Coeducation is the tool to guarantee rights every day.

This March 8th we want to join the feminist demand: rights for ALL, every day. This day continues to hold importance in our development as a society because, although there are laws that formally guarantee gender equality, women and girls still suffer discrimination and violence on an ongoing basis. This is why we demand real equality and rights for ALL, every day.

In a globalized world, we cannot look at the violation of women’s rights only from a regional perspective. Women’s rights are violated every day in ALL parts of the world, whether through institutions, laws, or practice. These violations are usually combined with other forms of discrimination for economic, social or racial reasons.

In Spain, even with extensive legislation in favor of equality between men and women, we still have much work to do. We recognize the advances, and we celebrate them, but we are also aware that there is still a long way to go, and that until the rights of ALL are guaranteed, equality is not achieved.

We need to bring equality into every area of our lives: our practices, our schools, our neighborhoods.

  • If we are not capable of identifying actions, behaviors, and collective and individual attitudes that support the violation of women’s rights…
  • If we are not capable of dismantling the arguments we use to justify discrimination and violence, from both a critical and global perspective…
  • If we are not capable of denouncing and acting against each and every situation in which women’s rights are being violated…
  • If we are not capable of accompanying and supporting the women whose experiences of inequality are more severe…

We are not advancing ALL!

  • In the Dominican Republic, since November, between 200-300 pregnant, Haitian women have been deported, according to reports from various sources and MUDHA (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico Haitianas), InteRed’s partner organization.. You can read more about the situation of pregnant, migrant women in the Dominican Republic in this interview with Jenny Morón, of MUDHA, on the site of the NGO’s coordinator.
  • In Guatemala, the Observatory of Children’s Rights (Ciprondeni) reported that, from January to August 2020, 11 pregnancies were registered every day in girls between 10 and 14 years of age; and 10 pregnancies every hour in adolescents between 15 and 19 years of age. According to this report, the number of minors with children or pregnant reached 965,631, in a country with 16.5 million inhabitants.
  • In Spain, there are 550,000 domestic workers, more than half of them are migrant women and, of them, 1 out of every four is of undocumented status. 32.5 % of domestic workers live below the poverty line. 36.5% of this work is found in the informal economy, with no rights or benefits.

For these reasons, InteRed seeks to assert the important role of education as a key instrument in the construction of an equitable society and as a fundamental pillar for building a global citizenship that recognizes the rights of all people without discrimination based on gender, race or social class.

The youth play an important role in the construction of a more just, equal, and respectful society. They will be a cornerstone in building a community that promotes equality and brings and end to gender violence. Thus, coeducation is the essential instrument in achieving gender equality. Because true, gender equality will not be achieved until our educational systems guarantee equal access for men and women. Equality will not be reached until we eliminate all discriminatory stereotypes and preconceived ideas imposed by society about the “characteristics” that boys and girls should have.

We are concerned that machismo, discourses that criminalize feminism, that deny male violence or that question the concept of gender equality, jeopardize the advances in equality and put at risk an equal and respectful society.

Therefore in this #8M we call for:

1.- The role of coeducation as an essential tool for the construction of a society where the rights of ALL are guaranteed every day.

2.- The promotion gender equality from all areas, especially education, from coeducation, for a free and egalitarian society.

3.- A coeducational practice that ensures the non-discrimination of girls, inclusive language, distribution and use of spaces in an equitable way.

4.- That equality between men and women is learned and absorbed from childhood in families and, as the first areas of socialization, in classrooms, which are ideal places to shape a more inclusive society and build relationship models based on respect and equality.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) of the 2030 Agenda.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Gender equality is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and it finds that education for an active and engaged global citizenship is the best engine for its appropriation and development. Likewise, the implementation of educational processes that seek to empower citizens to generate fairer and more equitable forms of relationships. Thus, a truly transformative society cannot exist without placing gender equality at the center of our relationships.

It is time for equality. It’s time for co-education.

InteRed promotes the “Toca Igualdad” (Reach Equality) Campaign, which focuses on co-education for the construction of a young citizenry committed to equality and the eradication of violence against women. This campaign is aimed at young people between 12 and 25 years old, and their educational communities, in more than 20 cities in Spain through formal and non-formal education centers. Its impact is realized in the countries where InteRed works on issues of equality and violence prevention: Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo.