The Citizenship Frontier
Citizenship implies equal rights for all under the constitution and laws of a nation. Yet many women – citizens of nations across the globe – still face legal discrimination, such as being unable to own property, inherit assets, receive quality education, or work without permission from a male member of their family.
Gender imbalances don’t just play out in terms of country law, and, even when laws nominally protect women to the same extent as men, socio-cultural attitudes take time to evolve. Inequity is experienced in the workplace, within communities, inside homes, in religious institutions, and in many behind-the-scenes interactions. Wage disparities, business glass ceilings, travel and mobility restrictions, and personal wellbeing are all very real concerns that continue to affect women.
Modern women have different needs to men; largely those that relate to safety, health, and creating a balance between the desire to work versus the still-prevalent instinct of being the primary caretaker of the home, children, and often elderly family members. And, as the world changes, so too do women’s perspectives about the way they see themselves in it, what they want to achieve, and the future of their children.
While in the past it was difficult for women to act alone to initiate change in their lives, resulting in the emergence of feminist movements such as the suffragettes, today women can take individual steps to improve their lives and free themselves from inequality. They can, for example, look to second citizenship as an opportunity to access strong social support systems and safe-havens, and tap into resources that have holistic benefits both for themselves and their families. Second citizenship enables travel and opens a broader global platform for strategic choice – together with delivering the right to live in peaceful nations with a focus on healthy lifestyles and education.
A second citizenship provides the contemporary woman with an insurance policy for the future, facilitates aspirations, and allows them to fulfill the optimistic and nurturing life they desire.