(IWD #4) The one about ‘gender equality’

Lydia

* International Women’s day series 4/8 *

15:50 . ‘Women and men do have the same abilities and skills; they should be given the same opportunities and should be paid the same.’

(Lydia has been the policy advisor of a Slovak member of the European Parliament for nine years. She also covers the intergroup for sustainable hunting.)

‘ I am old fashioned in the sense that I like it when a man says hello to me first or when a man holds the door for me; that comes from the culture I was brought up in. I am proud of this culture. I don’t think that makes me anti-feminist. It simply is my choice to be treated this way. Would I treat a man in the same way? Yes. For me, gender equality is about reciprocity. The other day I was entering a meeting and a man opened the door to let me in; well, at the end of the meeting I opened the door to let him out. I compliment both men and women on the way they look. I guess I consider this a matter of being equally polite and kind to each other.’

 

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