'I demand the right to walk safely at night, and that no more excuses are made, ever, for rape culture'
More than two decades ago, over 10,000 British women were asked what they wanted to see in the world.
According to The Telegraph, the most prominent responses from the 1996 survey included: equal representation in the work place, equal pay, safety and security from violence, and global peace and security for women everywhere.
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In their answers, 42% of respondents mentioned equal pay; 29% referenced better education opportunities and 19% said they wanted to see an end to all gender-based violence and victim blaming.
Meanwhile 10% of respondents wanted better female representation in politics, and 41% wanted better care options, whether for the elderly or childcare.
‘I hope future young women like me will feel able to achieve in a way that I currently do not,’ said one respondent. Another wrote, ‘I demand the right to walk safely at night, and that no more excuses are made, ever, for rape culture.’
Though it appears that we’re still asking for the same things more than 20 years later, it’s not all doom and gloom. ‘Women were no longer only telling us what they wanted, but also what they believed they deserved,’ the report’s introduction reads.
‘This is a clear win for feminist activism, and it’s this that keeps us motivated.’
Here’s to all women demanding that these changes be made worldwide.