Is it really a man’s world? is gender equality really possible ? For years now gender inequality has been a sensitive issue, societies differ in their approach to this gift that never stops giving. For me i believe gender equality is really not achievable as we live in different societies, have different cultures and religions. These things affect gender equality. But we must remember that all humans are equal and should be given the same rights and privileges irrespective of their gender.
THINGS THAT ADVERSELY AFFECTS GENDER EQUALITY
The culture of a tribe or people determines where women are placed and whether they would have the same opportunities as men. Culture varies from one geographical area to another, what is acceptable in one culture might be forbidden in another, in England and most part of Europe women have been known to be monarchs and hold powerful positions in their society while in most parts of Africa and Asia women take on lesser roles and are rarely seen as rulers in their society.
There are diverse kinds of religions in the world, many of these religions set expectations and standards of behavior for both men and women. Some religions believe women should only be seen and not heard, women are not allowed to partake in certain religious activities and this configures how the followers of this religion view the women in their society.
Society is defined by culture, religion and people, I say people because a general consensus of what is good or bad by the people that make up a society plays a huge role in the structure of that society.Society defines gender roles and the way men and women perceive each other, for example a man has a female boss, let’s say for some reason she is displeased with his work and she queries him and tries to straighten him out but he is furious with her and goes like ‘ How can a woman be talking to me like that’ she is not even up to my wife at home, or the man might not be married but still feel his ego was bruised.
He needs to realize that we are in an era where a lot of women are educated so expect more female bosses. But somehow he forgets she doesn’t have that job because of her gender but because she is qualified to fill that position.
Women are said to be sensitive while men are shallow when it comes to emotions, this emotional variance between men and women is actually because of the way our minds and behaviors have been conditioned by our culture, religion and society. If you condition a woman’s mind (by telling her women are not supposed to show emotions) and condition a man’s mind (by telling him its ok for men to be emotional) you will get the same result, women will be shallow when it comes to emotions and men will be sensitive.
In recent times several of the sciences have received a great influx of women into their programs espeacily areas like medicne and engineering, as opposed to the past where women were not educated at all or were limited to social science courses (i have no prejudice for social scienc courses are great for both men and women), literature , teaching and Nursing. Today barriers have been broken and there are thousands of male nurses accross the globe, men are now better cooks than women (chefs) they make fine hair stylist and fashion designers.
It has been pointed out over time especially in large corporations that women who do the same jobs as their male counterparts get paid less. And even women with higher educational qualifications do not get as much promotions or pay raise as some of their male co-workers with even less educational qualifications.
I don’t believe in gender equality, men and women are different in many ways, rather I believe all humans are equal be it male or female. Gender equality should be approached from this perspective to avoid manipulations on either part of the sexes.When you see the other sex as a person who has equal rights to you, you would not see the person as lesser or superior to you. Some of us allow our culture to erode our minds; we begin to practice our culture in larger society.
When it comes to gender inequality there are double standards such as
- When a man cheats or has numerous sexual partners he is often praised by society and called a Casanova or ladies’ man but if a woman were to do the same she is called a slut.
- In terms of intimate partner violence (Domestic violence) when a woman beats her husband it doesn’t get as much attention as when a man beats his wife.
In conclusion gender equality is a personal responsibility, decide today that you want to treat every human you come across the same way, and you would treat your children and encourage them to strive for the best irrespective of their sex. See everyone as deserving of respect irrespective of their sex, position, religion, culture or social status.
What is your take on gender inequality, please leave a comment.
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