Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men, and that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities do not depend on whether they are born male or female. Women and men are entitled to participate equally in politics, have equal legal economic, social and cultural status, and contribute equally to society.
Women and men:
- Earn the same pay for the same job
- Are educated
- Own property
- Are able to secure employment
- Are able to access health care
- Proverbs and idioms
- Songs, poems, film, dramas, traditional art, comedy
- Religion, culture, practices
- Education, media, advertisements
Gender equality is seen both as a human rights issue and as a precondition for, and indicator of, sustainable people-centered development. There is a widespread misconception that women’s and men’s political, economic, social and cultural roles are defined by their sex. Such gender misrepresentations arise from:Gender misrepresentation fuels discrimination, power imbalances and human rights violations. It spawns inequality, poverty, unemployment, and lack of education, and negatively impacts on a country’s development.