Last year, 65 million girls did not have the chance to attend school, while 14 million became child brides. These numbers show that, today, gender inequality is still an incredibly multifaceted problem in need of solutions. It is not only a women's problem, but also a men's problem; it is a human problem. This is why the World Link Annual Youth Town Meeting, which aims to create a dialogue of change among young people, chose gender inequality as this year's theme.
The Rhoades School Girl Rising Club attended the Youth Town Meeting to better understand the issues our club is striving to address. We had thought-provoking conversations about gender discrimination, violence, stereotypes, and identity. Like concentric circles, these issues also affect seemingly unrelated issues like cycles of poverty, environmental degradation, and conflict. So finding solutions to gender inequality can also bring about solutions to those problems.
At each session, we learned from stirring speakers: whether by using hip hop music and spoken word poetry to promote social justice issues, or by addressing, poverty, environmental degradation, and gender inequality these speakers are making real changes in the world. However, the moderators were all students, showing how even when still in school we can make a difference. This was the crucial takeaway for our Girl Rising Club.
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