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Reflection Paper about “The Impossible Dream” by United Nations (UN)

 

“The Impossible Dream” is an award-winning animated video produced in 1983 with a timeless message. The video takes a “wry humorous look” at a problem faced by women everywhere: the double-workload of a full-time job and being a housewife. It features an average family with a baby and two school-age children. While both parents work outside the home, the woman who puts in the same hours as her husband is paid lesser than the man. In addition, caring for the children and all the household duties remain her responsibility. Producers: United Nations and Dagmar Doubkova of Kratkty Films, Czechoslovakia. The video has become a popular advocacy and training tool on awakening women and men to gender issues in society that affect the family, workplace, and community.

Reaction Paper about “The Impossible Dream”:

This video shows the gender issues in an institution. The influence of gender that shapes the lives of people in a society. The first and middle part of the video shows the generalization of an organization on what should be the role of male or female. We always think all females should do household chores like cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry, and taking care of their children. The female should serve the male. In the video, both males and females had allowed working, but as you can see, the difference in their work, given loads of work and the difference in their wages. The female manages her wages for her family, buying groceries for the family. While the male using his money on his leisure and hobbies. We know that females are flexible, but their not robots. In the last part of the video, when the female dreams about her wish, “will be someday that her husband helps her in cooking, and their children help her in cleaning and taking care of their brother” is it possible there will be someday the rights she needs will be given equally?

 

The concept of this short animation really reflect the real situation of gender inequality in the societies, though nowadays the modernized civilization have help improved some aspects, the gender constrain still exist. And one tipping point that I have observed is that all relevant stakeholders include policies makers and implementers do not yet diving deep enough into the positive attitude toward what could be really done to bring about the better world for everyone. Starting from this animation, what if we change the title to ” Would the dream possible? or How could we make the dream possible?”

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