By: Ni Ketut, Senior High School Grade 2, 18 years old, Cegi
It was the 4th meeting in the second quarter of EMpower program. On that day, Wednesday, 4thof November 2015, I learned about reproductive rights and discrimination. During the lesson we learned how to fight for our rights like making decision about our health, education, intimate partner, and when we marry. We also learned how to take responsibilities with our action and discrimination. Discrimination is treating someone differently which is usually experienced by the women (gender discrimination). The women reputation is lower than the men. That is why the men are more important than the women.
In class, the teacher asked whether the women in my village have been discriminated. I answered loudly saying “yes”. In Bali, the generation is continued by the man that is why gender discrimination still exists until today. For example, all women are unable to be leaders (in the family and community) whereas our rights and responsibilities are same. I have complained to my parents but they said that it is our tradition. No one can change it. The woman cannot be a leader. The other example is about inheritance. Why the girls are unable to get the inheritance whereas we are also the children of our parents. And the answer to this question is the same.
Now, I understand what discrimination is, and then an idea appeared on my head. I discussed it with my family and we decided not to discriminate each other especially about our daily activity. We decided to help each other in every job like cutting the grass, sweeping, cooking, and many more. For example, when my mother and I cooked the rice, my brother will make the sambal and soup.
At that time, I was happy because I could change the discrimination in my house even though it’s just a small action. In the next time, I want to change the other thing like leadership and inheritance. I have to say thank you to the teachers for giving me this lesson.
I have been talking to the people in my community and they disagree. They say, “You can’t change it because it is the decision of our ancestor” and then I say, “I will try and show you.” In the future, I hope there is no discrimination issue anymore in my village.