Gender equality also known as gender egalitarianism is a view which ensures that everyone is treated equally and not to be discriminated in any way on the gender basis. It is a human right. (Verloo, 2007)It is considered to be a precondition that will help in advancing the development and eliminating poverty. Globally gender equality is measured using many prominent indicators and indices such Gender- related Development Index (GDI), which was introduced as early as 1995. Gender equality mainly targets to eliminate all kind of discrimination to women and girls. Secondly end all forms of violence against women and girls both in public and private institutions. Thirdly, end all forms of practices that harm the women and the girls such as early marriages and genital female mutilation. Additionally value and also recognize the work done by the women and girls globally both socio-economic and political to motivate them.
Gender equality is an indicator of development in a country. (Healey, 2009) Empowered women in a big way contribute to production and also the health not only for the family but also the whole community which improves the prospect for the next generation. This is because to invest in empowering the women economically will set a direct connection to poverty eradication and will help grow the country economy. This is because women discrimination will end women into insecurity, jobs of low wages, discrimination and result in poverty hence showing a slow development of the country.
In the developed countries both men and women have equal opportunities when it comes to services and products provision. Globally gender equali...
ty is being practiced in the developed countries which are ensuring them political social and economic empowerment from the services and products provided by the women. Thereafter, the developing countries are practicing the gender bias and as a result, it has hindered their development both socio-economic and politically. This is because good and services are only from the male gender which is few in number as compared to the female.
The gender equality as ensured that women can hold big positions in the country. for example Michelle Bachelet is the president of Chile , Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia president. On the other hand gender, equality is facing challenges, especially in the African countries. The main challenge being the African belief and traditions that women are born to be led and not to led hence resulting into their discrimination especially in political positions and leadership.
UAE has done so much to ensure gender equality in the region. However, it is facing some challenge. In the UAE the ability of women to practice their right mainly depends on their legal status. The large populations of the women are those employed on the temporary bases who are foreigners hence discriminated. Additionally, the constitution of UAE, though upholding the right of equal opportunities and treatment it does not talk about gender-based biases specifically and also contains an article that refers women as wives and mothers. In this constitution, it enforces the traditional responsibilities instead of supporting the gender equality.
It is yet to ratify the protocol of option. (Edström & Brunila, 2016) These challenges wil
hinder me as a young person to hold positions and practice my right and also affect other women which will result into slow development of the region. It affects the choices the women make because there is no option but you have to follow the tradition which is being enforced. This will force the women to live a life that is not of their choice. This is due to the constitution stipulations and traditional surroundings. Generally empowering the women is empowering the Nation hence much should be invested to ensure gender equality.
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