Earlier in the year, several students in Catalonia wrote reflections on the concept of diversity (in English), inspired by their work with DIALLS. Below, we share four of their perspectives.
Argumentative text: We are all equal
By a male secondary student, age 15
A few years ago, men and women did not have the same rights, over time that has changed, but you can still see some inequalities such as, for example, the salary between the two genders. Where there is more inequality is in the less developed countries.
Sixty years ago women did not work and stayed at home taking care of their children and grandparents, they also needed their husband’s permission to have a bank account, now women already work and do not need permission from anyone to do procedures, anyway, there are still inequalities such as in the family, because without giving us the woman is still the one who takes care of more things, but now the same role as them.
In conclusion, I am in favour of gender equality because I believe that we all have the same abilities, and not only because you are a woman do you have to be at home or get paid less in a job. All this, too, was thanks to the women who fought for their rights 60 years ago and those who are still fighting.
By a female secondary student, age 14
Since we are born, we are all different, we don’t weigh or measure the same, some have blond hair and others brown or red hair, as well as many other different characteristics. This is diversity when we are born, but what happens when we grow up?
When we grow up, we realize that we have developed a character, a personality, skills… that make us different from other people.
But because of this we are neither better nor worse than others, our way of thinking, as long as it does not go against another person, is as valid as everyone else’s. Belonging to one race or another does not make anyone a slave.
We’re all equal and we’re all different
By a secondary student, age 14
We are all equal and we are all different, although this idea may seem contradictory, it’s not. I agree for various reasons.
On the one hand, we are all equal because we are human beings. In other words, we have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a body. Moreover, we have the same rights and live in the same world. We also have the same basic needs: eating, drinking, breathing, sleeping…
On the other hand, we are all different because we don’t have the same tastes or the same character. Nor do we think alike, nor do we share the same ideology. In the same way, we don’t all receive the same education or share the same culture. And, although we live in the same world, we don’t all have the same origins and therefore have different skin colours.
So, I think we are all equal and we are all different because, regardless of our differences, we are human and we have the same rights. Even if at certain times this is not the case, for example in cases of male chauvinism, racism or economic inequality…
We are all equal
By a secondary student, age 14.5
We are all equal, but at the same time, we are all different and unique. When we say that we are all equal we can mean that we all have the same rights. It’s the same our skin color, our origin or our language, in the end we are all human.
On the other hand, we are all different and unique. Everyone likes different things, not everyone likes the same music or the same lifestyle.
In my opinion, everybody is as they are, we have to accept ourselves as we are and we have to feel special and unique in all circumstances of life because we are.
What happens in our society is that we don’t accept everyone as they are, so many people have a hard time.