The other day I saw the hashtag #YesAllWomen again and I couldn’t resist making a blog post.
Within four days of the first use of #YesAllWomen, the hashtag had been tweeted 1.2 million times, surpassing predecessors that also drew attention to violence and sexism towards women
It’s been quite a long time since people started using the hashtag #YesAllWomen but this week I saw somebody still tweeting about this. I then scrolled through thousands of tweets from hundreds of women with whom I have not talk/or met. I could actually relate to their tweets and I think every woman/girl would agree to this. I also saw some tweets by boys/men who were incredible and huge shout out to all of them. I spent more than one hour reading all the tweets that blown my mind and made me feel like crying. I just wish that the hashtag comes in the spotlight again because we need to create a better world for women, and for everyone. The thing is that, we are in 2015 and women still have to fight for their rights, their education, and their right to live
How far are we from success? Is gender equality a dream that will be only half fulfilled?
I tried to upload some of the photos for the tweets but unfortunately could not.
Not ALL men harass women. But ALL women have, at some point, been harassed by men. Food for thought. #YesAllWomen— Adelaide Kane (@AdelaideKane) May 27, 2014
“I have a boyfriend” is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen — Rylah (@JBRylah) May 25, 2014
I shouldn’t have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen
#YesAllWomen because when a girl is harassed or even groped by a stranger in public, we’re told to “take it as a compliment” 25 May 2014 @bottrill
In college, a police officer told us to scream FIRE if we were in danger of being assaulted otherwise people won’t get involved #YesAllWomen @OneBookishMom
#yesallwomen because apparently the clothes I wear is a more valid form of consent than the words I say (@nitabelegu) May 26, 2014
Because we are told that ‘boys will be boys’ – as if men can’t and shouldn’t take responsibility for their actions. #yesallwomen @PennyRed
The cops who asked me “Well, what were you wearing?” when I reported an attack and attempted rape. #YesAllWomen @aimeemann
#YesAllWomen because I can’t go running at night without being absolutely terrified @kyoung146
It’s been almost 1 year and I’m happy to see that people are still using the hashtag to raise awareness.
And of course, I couldn’t end this post without mentioning all the people that are fighting to end gender inequality. Wherever you are in the world, I just want to let you know whatever you are doing –big or small makes a huge difference. Keep fighting and together we can all do wonders.