More militants than their elders in the 1980s, the generation now entering adulthood is determined to grow old in an egalitarian world and are not afraid to fight to get there. More pop but no less serious than yesterday, today’s feminism is everywhere, on our screens as well as in our bedrooms, on stage or in the street. This is an article I read during my holidays in France in the mag: Les inRocKs. Great to read that feminism is everywhere! Indeed, we women, represent 54% of the total population. Whether we call ourselves feminist or not is another issue: that of labelling people, tagging them, discriminating and judging. I dare to dream of a time when we would only care about how people feel and act independent of their gender. It seems we still have a long way to go when I listen to the latest Facebook video my Australian colleague and Springboard Consultant published: the speech of ex Australian Prime Minister denouncing the behaviour and misogynist comments of a politician from the opposition. She explains very clearly that those comments are not tolerated anymore in our society and in law, but nevertheless still occur in our day to day life as a woman. I dare to dream of a place where each woman would repeat and question those misogynist comments without fear and with the objective of educating and highlighting how powerful the words can be contaminating people’s behaviour and DNA throughout the centuries. I dare to dream of a society that would consider feminism as OUR cause and not women’s cause: engaging all, educating kids, transmitting values and respect. When I run a Springboard programme and realize there is a huge diversity in terms of age, social and ethnic origin, educational and professional background, I feel happy and engage with ALL (not only with the ones who come from a similar social background or those who have the same skin colour). I embrace and share my enthusiasm, energy and knowledge with the whole group. Feminism should not be perceived as women’s issue but a cause for our society independent of our gender, ethnic or social origin. We should all feel involved, engaged and protagonist because feminism is about human condition, respect and rights. Society, men and organizations should feel concerned and take part of those feminist actions because they are the keys to change. Without society, men and organizations supporting and leading the initiatives fighting against discrimination, feminism has no chance to survive and deliver solutions. That is why in all Springboard groups I run, during the introduction of workshop 1, I repeat again and again that the work we are doing, the participants’ studies in the workbook will have a strong impact on society, men, kids and organizations, not only us women.
Corinne Giely Eloi
Brazil Springboard Licensed Trainer
The views expressed by the writer are not necessarily the views of the Springboard Consultancy