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Inequality

 

Social inequality
Social inequality has come about because of the different roles and responsibilities women and men often have. For example, men tend to do heavier and riskier work that often takes place outside or away from home. Women’s work has traditionally been in the home caring for children and the elderly, and providing food for the family.

Traditions and customs also create inequality by, for example, encouraging or even forcing girls to marry very young. This means they are likely to have children young, trapping them in the home and preventing them from undertaking other work, roles and responsibilities. Having children at a very young age can also have dangerous consequences on women’s health.

Economic inequality
Economic inequality has come about because women often have unequal access to resources, in particular money, land and property. They often have very limited opportunities for employment which in turn makes it difficult or impossible to improve their economic situation. Furthermore, because women have unequal access to education and training opportunities, they are less likely to learn the skills required to work.

Political inequality has come about because women are very poorly represented at all levels of decision making in society. The legal system in many countries also discriminates against women.

Women taking a kicking

The experience or threat of violence affects the lives of millions of women everywhere. It can affect women of every race, age, culture, faith, nationality, profession and financial situation. No region, country or culture in the world is free from violence against women.

Discrimination and inequality are at the root of violence against women.
These in turn are a result of:

  • Men using their more powerful positions to disempower women
  • Customs and traditions associated with particular cultures
  • The idea that what happens in the home – for example domestic violence – is ‘private’
  • Violence carried out by soldiers and other military personnel during wars and conflicts
  • Lack of action by governments

Did you know?

Like mother like daughter
The lives of mothers and daughters are very closely linked. If a girl is brought up in an environment where her rights to education, health, nutrition and protection are met her life when she becomes a woman will be greatly improved. But, if the mother has no education, works long hours and is denied rights to control her own life, the chances are that she will find it very difficult to provide a better life for her child.

Children with uneducated mothers, for example, are at least twice as likely to not attend school as children whose mothers attended primary school.

How do we break this vicious circle of gender inequality?
one crucial way is to invest in the education of girls. The Millennium Report says: “Experience has shown, over and over again, that investments in girls’ education translate directly and quickly into better nutrition for the whole family, better health care, declining fertility rate, poverty reduction and better overall economic performance."