What We Need To Do- Advancing Gender Equality

Humankind has achieved so much in little time of its existence on Earth. We have mastered the art of Technology and Science. However, despite our great and advanced achievements, our world faces a persistent gap in access to opportunities and decision-making power for men and women. Some People still have a hard time believing that it is not a woman’ s responsibility to stand behind a man but alongside a man.

Gender Equality is defined as the state of having the same rights, status, and opportunities as others, regardless of one's gender. “Gender Equality is not a woman’s fight. It is a human fight. It affects all of us.” According to the World Economic Forum, it will take 108 years to achieve gender equality. The biggest gaps are found in political empowerment and economics. Also, there are currently just six countries that give women and men equal legal work rights. Generally, women are only given ¾ of the rights given to men.

Achieving gender equality has been difficult because of the underlying belief that giving women more rights and freedom somehow takes rights away from men. The reality, however, is that gender equality is good for everyone. In Liz Plank’s essay, which is an adaption from her book For the Love of Men: A Vision for Mindful Masculinity, she explores how in Iceland, having the highest gender equality in the world, men live longer. This is because men who hold “traditional” ideas about masculinity are more likely to die by suicide and suffer worse health. Anxiety about being the only financial provider plays a big role in this, so in countries where women are allowed education and equal earning power, men don’t shoulder the burden alone.

For overall wellbeing and growth of the world, we need to achieve gender equality. Fighting for gender equality does not mean empowerment of women over men. The Government has taken measures to promote girl education like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, compulsory free education for children upto 14 years of age. Even a small change makes a big difference. If we work together, we can make this world a better place to live.

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