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Still not equal

Women’s rights represent the basic human rights that were enshrined by the UN for every human on this planet almost 70 years ago. These rights include the right to stay free from violence, labor, and discrimination; to be cultivated; to have property; to take, and to get reasonable and equal wages.

More than fifty years after the passing of the Equal wage Act, women are even paid not as much as males in every business, in almost every job. This is true for making women irrespective of their training, income, or employment experience. This average female working full-time in New Jersey earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by The person. For women of color, the gap is still larger: African-American women make, 58% and American women earn 43% of what white men make. Altogether, the wage gap amounts to almost $ 16 billion in total lost salaries every year for New Jersey.

​​In recent years, more women have shown more courage to call out their aggressors, share personal stories and fight for their rights. Today, sexist culture is slowly disappearing.

Nonetheless, women’s lack of progression in work and other sectors has continued to hamper progress in gender equality. In addition to sexual harassment and everyday bias or discrimination which sullies womens’ dignity and self-worth, violence against women still occurs even in the face of significant protests staged domestically as well as across cities in Kosovo

Yet institutions are often lax about formally registering sexual crimes so that perpetrators are not punished or can carry on offending. The system often perpetuates the problem instead of tackling it from the root: thus, education is important

Women have the right to live safe and equal lives. Even in western countries with centuries of enforcing women’s rights, women are still struggling for them.

In Kosovo, the year 2022 started with femicide, Lirije Qerimaj was killed by her husband. Patriarchy rooted in family, society, and state, has left Lirije unprotected from violence and murder. Murders of women are normalized, mediated, and controlled by the public and private patriarchal institutions. Femicide – killing women because they are women – shows that every woman is insecure, and our insecurity will have to be a state emergency

In the first quarter of 2019, more than 104% of women killed globally were victims of gender-based homicide. More than 6000 million girls in Africa are unable to access education because they are married off at an early age; Kashmir in India is just one country where more than 8 million school-age girls struggle day after day to.

The fight for a country is never only about fighting its enemies on the battlefield; it is also about battling its own political, economic, and social institutions to change wrong views.

Violence against women can no longer keep happening. The whole system must be changed so that we as a society can stop violence against women from ever happening again.

Melisa Kadolli

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