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Achieving Gender Parity In 2016

Very recently we have seen in a report of a leading daily that, every day each woman in Bangladesh does at least 12 unpaid works on an average which do not add up to the GDP of our country and when it comes to men, they do only 3. The annual price of these amount of unpaid work by women is equivalent to approximately 76.8% of our GDP which goes absolutely unnoticed.

How many of us women knew this statistics?

Women around the world are continuing to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. Even though we have much to celebrate today but the progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that “it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity.” Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that “a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.” Gender Parity is a very important issue right now in the whole world, not because we women need attention but because it has been eras, decades that we don’t get recognition for the work we have been doing.

Here are the 5 things every women in our country should pledge today to achieve gender parity in their lives:

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01. Be vocal about your works
We have to be aware of our own rights. If we are not reminding ourselves about the fact that I deserve recognition, if we keep doing unnoticed things then we will be suppressed all our lives. Remember, an attitude changes everything. It changes the way people look at you it also changes the way you look at yourselves.

It does not matter if you are a homemaker or a CEO of a multi-million dollar company, your work matters and hats off to you for being so awesome at your work.

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02. Be Confident
Never think that you are not good at public speaking or you cannot rock the next presentation you have to do because you are a woman and no one would listen to you. Be confident about your work and deliver your best. Then you will see how things start changing around you.

Be confident, seat on the table and have the courage to take the first step, you would not have to look back again. A whole new world will open in front of you.

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03. Share your workload at home
Try to share your workload with the men at your home, especially if you are a working woman. Your home is the equal responsibility of the men in your life as much as it is yours. Whenever you feel burdened, share the pressure.

If the men do not do it happily for the first time, they will understand eventually why it is too much pressure for you. And this will also create a good example for your kids too, they will grow up in an environment where there is gender parity. Do not burden yourself to death just to save your image of the typical good wife considered by the society.

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04. Promote other women
It is very sad that we women ourselves do not promote good works by other women and bad mouth about them. Very sad but it is a common scenario in our country. Stop doing this! We can never progress if all of us cannot work together and think that we need each-other, because you realize it or not, we do need each other big time.

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05. Believe that you can
Lastly and most importantly, please set your standards to the global level and dream big. We need dreamers in our country more than ever. We need power women who would come forward and do great things for the society as well as the whole world. Believe in yourself that you can be that woman.

Do not confine yourself in the daily course of life only and let your dreams wash away. Always tell yourself, “I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me.”

Afsana Zarin is a wonderful person, startup Activist, and a Co-founder of SevenSages.

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