Action 5 - Model respectful and equal relationships

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the world share their views on what a respectful and equal relationship looks like

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Pippa Gardner“An equal relationship is built on respect. It’s when both partners share the work to maintain their family – in employment and at home. And it’s when we share our hopes and dreams and support each other as we try to reach them.” – Pippa Gardner, UK

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Stefanie Argus“A healthy and equal relationship bravely challenges traditional concepts of power. Both partners are active participants in decision-making and share a connection rooted in trust, support and vulnerability. They encourage one another to pursue their ambitions and both demonstrate compassion, empathy and patience. Honest and open communication is a common practice; love and affection are clearly present. Consent is another key feature. The most respectful relationships are not framed by contempt or jealousy.” - Stefanie Argus, USA

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“No relationship is a one person show. Your partner should be the one who makes your heart sing, who values you, trusts you and accepts you for who you are. Acknowledge the differences between you two and find a healthy compromise. Admit when you are wrong – no harm in saying “sorry”. Don’t settle for anything less than a loving relationship. You are not meant to suffer in silence.” - Stephanie Darmanin, Malta

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Hannah Stanton“I should never have to question whether my partner likes me based on my looks or outer appearance. Neither should I hold back when wanting to speak my mind. In a healthy and equal relationship, you can choose to be with your partner based on who they are, not based on who they are not. The foundation is mutual respect. In an equal relationship the two of you look in the same direction rather than only at each other.”  Hannah Stanton, Sweden 

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Emily Markey“To be in a healthy and equal relationship, both parties must truly see each other as a partner. Whether it is a friendship or a romantic connection, there cannot be a hierarchy. If one person holds power and the other is subject to that power, the relationship becomes unhealthy. Valuing your partner for who they are as an individual and treating them with respect is crucial.” Emily Markey, USA 

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“A healthy and equal relationship is where everyone can be who they are and they feel safe and understood. It is a relationship where everyone has the same opportunities and seeing the other succeed is a joy rather than a threat. It is a relationship where we are all worth the same.” Macarena Bascour, Chile 

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"It isn’t merely about the shared housework; that he shops, cooks and cleans. It isn’t just his love of me, but of our shared life, our family. It’s the shared values, the mutual trust and the deep conversations. It’s the way he listens. It’s the time, care and support that I, as the years go by, take for granted. It’s the joy we share watching our daughter grow. His is so engaged in our lives, I’m sure he wishes that he could breastfeed too to give the little one all she needs."  Mia Varming Rangholm, Denmark 

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