15th March 2021 10:20am
Celebrating International Women’s day and women’s month, we are showing a spotlight to some of the young women who are part of Young Greenwich.
Millie (16) and Camila (17) are both members of Young Greenwich who attend two of the main Youth Hubs in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Here’s a little bit about them and their views on gender equality and more.
What is your hobby and how does it make you feel?
Millie: My hobby is singing. Singing means a lot to me because it has got me through hard times in life and Good and I feel like you can show your feelings when you sing.
Camile: My hobby is gardening. It means that I can clean and repair the garden in a way that I like. It makes me feel accomplished
What does International Women’s day mean to you?
Millie: To me International women’s day means that we (women) can do anything if we put our mind to it. If you want to do something follow your dream and down stop until you have reached it.
Camile: To me, it means a day all about how women were able to go over and demand equal rights to men.
Why do you think the world should treat women more fairly?
Millie: I think the world should treat women fairly because we can do the same things men can, we are no different. Just because the world has put a stereotype out there that women are supposed to stay at home and look after the children and clean the house and cook dinner it doesn’t mean we have to stick by it.
Camile: Treat women fairly because our bodies and brains go through harder stuff than for men, also, we can always be in danger of the people around us, no matter the gender, contradicting the idea of “women are weaker”.
What would you say to a young woman who wants to stand up for themselves and challenge gender inequality?
Millie: My advice would be to remember that we are all equal. Your gender or skin tone or ability doesn’t and shouldn’t matter, if women want to do something and put our mind to it then we can do it. As a young person we can speak out and change the future and make it fair for women and men.
Camile: I would tell them to do it, but to be prepared for the harsh backlash that might occur and to always watch her back.
How would you like to inspire future generations?
Millie: I would like to inspire the future generations by showing them that women are just as strong and powerful than men are. Rosa Parks [Civil Rights activist] did something to stand up for the Black Community and she was a woman; she went to jail for it and because of her and many others over the years, the Black Lives Matter movement started to send the message for equal treatment. If one woman can do it then why can’t we? Something small can make a big change in the world.
Camile: I would like to inspire future generations by becoming the best zoologist ever!
What advice would you give to other young women about being themselves?
Millie: My advice to young women is be yourself, it’s the most important thing, don’t change for your friends or family. If you have to change for them because they don’t like the way you dress or act then they’re not your real Friend or loved ones, don’t worry about what others think of you. Be yourself. It’s hard growing up because you want to fit in or you want to be like other people but just embrace yourself, and love who you are don’t change for anyone. You’re perfect the way you are.
And remember if you put your mind to doing something you can do it even if it takes a few weeks or month or even a year you will get there eventually.
Camile: Ignore the people that tell you to be more feminine because they're using your gender against you, if you can't ignore it then, fight back as hard as you can to stand your ground.