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Gender Equality

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Hello, my name is Marice; I am 13 years old. I live in Cusco, Peru. I study at the Pukllasunchis high school. This is my friend Daniela, she's 14 years old. She also lives in Cusco and goes to Pukllasunchis, too. We're going to talk about the differences between men and women in their families in the city and the country. We'll demonstrate this with examples of three families we know--one in the country and two in the city. My family is made up of my three sisters and my parents. We've lived in Lima most of my life, but we've been living in Cusco for the last two years. We have many customs in the city. For example, we like to dress fashionably. We speak differently, too, with a unique accent and dialect, etc. My parents always taught me that everyone should be treated as equals, but society doesn't always work that way. I live with my twelve-year-old sister and my mom. We participate in the traditional celebrations of Cusco and the Catholic church. My mother always taught me that everyone should have the same opportunities, regardless of whether they are men or women. But society doesn't think the same way, and this is a problem. Josue is a friend of ours, who also goes to Pukllasunchis. He has lived in the country and we are using his family as an example. We asked Josue's mother, "What are your and your husband's roles in your family?" She responded, "Before, there existed in the community a lot of machismo." For example, the men were very violent with their wives and believed they were more powerful. But now, as time has passed, these things have changed and there are very few machista men. Another question was, "What customs did you have in the country? And now that you live in the city, what customs do you have?" She said, "As a tradition, I was expected to bring food to my husband when he worked in the fields." "Now that I live in the city, I have lost many customs. Because I work, I no longer have time to bring food to my husband during the day." "But at night we eat together as a family." In the city, some families are based on machismo and that men believe they are superior to women. But in the country the roles that people fill are many times because of tradition or custom although some men are still machista. The machista man can be lightly machista or excessively machista, and some women are feminists. These perspectives don't create balance between men and women. We wanted to tell the story of Marice and Josue because their families are different. But both families display respect throughout. Not all families are equal. In some families there is respect and love. But other families contain machismo and feminism, creating an imbalance in the relationships between men and women. In families there should be gender equality because the family is the base of society. And you -- what do you think?

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: Peru
Language: English
Producer: Bridges to Understanding
Views: 157
Posted by: martabridges on Jul 23, 2008

This video was made in Peru during the Bridges to Understanding workshop, 2008.

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