It starts with the kids

Inequality comes in many forms and shapes. For my 7 year old son it is the greatest of all inequalities if someone else is having ice cream when he is not.

Other inequality problems have a far greater impact on the humanity and for the public in general, than the mere pain of knowing that someone else had something they themselves did not.

This has also very much been put into my 7 year old sons mind. At school they recently had a unit about superheroes. As a mother I was quite reluctant as I of course want my son to lean algebra, reading and writing in school and not lean about Marvels superheroes – which he definitely knows enough of already.

To my big surprise, however, the unit was about real life superheroes and I had a son who every day came home from school and excitedly told me about a new superhero every day.

First it was Benjamin Franklin, who was a superhero for his fight to free the slaves. Then it was Rosa Parks, who fought for equal rights for blacks, by taking a seat in a bus that was only for whites. Another superhero was Malala Yousafzai, who we all know just received the Nobel peace price for her fight for equal rights to women and to education for girls. And the list goes on and on.

My son has never been so excited about a unit in school and it was amazing hearing him talk about what he learned about each super hero.  And indeed you could call every single one of them an equality superhero.

The fight for more equality starts with showing our youngest that the fight matters – and that you can in fact be a real life superhero if you join the fight against inequality.  

Our youngest have an inbuilt sense of what is right and wrong and an amazing sense of equality. We should build on that, and even though I myself knew nothing about these superheroes when I was 7 years old, hearing my son talk about them with admiration and excitement in his voice tells me that we have a very good foundation for continuingly fighting against inequality.  

This inequality article was published as part of Amnesty Internationals Blog Action Day