Gender Equality

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Title: <Make gender equality a reality>
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Submitted by: PERWANEE Ashini
School: RGSSS
Class: Lower 6 s1
Home adress: Mahabali RoadCamp-Ithier Flacq

Date:21.02.2012
Gender is a social construction as well as biologically determined through chromosomes, brain structure and hormonal differences. Gender roles refer to the set of social and behavioural norms that are considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of specific sex in the context of a specific culture. Gender equality can be defined as “No differences made between males and females in our society regarding every aspects as a whole”. Moreover, gender equality is also the goal of the equality of the genders stemming from a belief in the injustice of myriad forms of gender inequality. As a matter of fact, it has to be reckoned that Gender equality can only be achieved if gender inequality is eliminated. However, it is also a fact to reckon that eliminating gender inequality wholly in the society is impossible since Gender inequality has been existing since the ages. Let us see how we can tackle all the issues arising from gender inequality, in order, to make gender equality a reality.

To begin with, to erase Gender inequality in the world, the term ‘emancipation’ is used. What is Emancipation? Emancipation is a broad term used to describe various efforts to obtain pollitical rights or equality, often for more generally in discussion of such matters. Emancipation of woman means to set woman free from any kind of bondage. Emancipation should make it possible for woman to be a human in the real sense. Everything within the woman that craves assertation and activity should reach its fullest expression. This was the original aim of the movement of woman’s emancipation. Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. To emancipate woman, some measures should be taken. The obstacle to the woman development of women should be removed, the attitude of men towards women should be changed, women should be encouraged to take part in development activities and the most important one is that the government should give women accessibility to credit and other monetary assistance for income generating activities.

Moreover, the creation of a Ministry of Gender equality is a model for Southern African countries, if not for the world. In Norway and other countries, there are Ministries of Gender but not of Gender Equality. Dr. Navin Ramgoolam sends a strong signal that unity and modernity must prevail in Mauritius. Gender equality covers a broad spectrum of issues concerning the elderly, disabled, women, men, girls, boys, people living with HIV, sex workers, gay rights and such contentious issues as the right to abortion. Having worked with Minister Sheila Bapoo, we know she is sensitive to all problems related to gender. We have the reason to believe that she will translate the slogan Gender and Media Southern Africa, ‘make every voice count and counting that it does action.’ Ministry has brought many changes in the society concerning Gender Equality since the 1900s and 1950s. Until now the effort to promote gender gender equality and to end the discimination between the males and females is still on the process. Improvements have been made to support women’s legal rights, particularly in property ownership and marriage. New lawshave been made to protect the rights of women which include the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which recognises marital rape as offence, the Legal Capacity of Married Persons Act 2006 which removes the minority status of women married community of property, the Labour Code Order 1992 which denies discrimination in the work place and the Labour Wages Act which provides for paid maternity leave for workers in industries.

Furthermore, Violence against women is widely identified as a...
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