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Empower Women, Strengthen the Community

by Mariel Elisa Guerra Perez

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Monday 25th April 2022
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About this article
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I'm Mariel Guerra and this is my Literary Fair Project. The article's about gender equality and how although women and men aren't the same, we deserve the same opportunities because our gender shouldn't define our abilities.
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Empower Women, Strengthen the Community
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Gender equality is significant because it prevents violence against women and girls, it's essential for economic prosperity and its proven that societies that value women and men as equals are safer and healthier. Women’s abilities are dictated by society and its double standards for women and men. To actually understand the problem we must acknowledge that women are constantly compared to what society has deemed the superior gender; men. For gender inequality to end we must end gender bias in education, child marriage as well as other forms of gender-based violence and the gender pay gap.
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Concern USA states that an analysis on gender bias in education suggests that although there are ways that girls' education benefits economies and societies, an estimate of 130 million girls will never set foot in a classroom. In Iran, for example, there are some spheres of education and public life women are banned from entering. This all means they’ll lose out on opportunities for better futures, and because women make up more than 50% of the population, by decreasing their opportunities we also decrease the strength of society as a whole. Unfortunately, children will suffer the same fate as their mothers, since the children of women who at least completed primary education tend to have better access to two of the basic building blocks of an empowered community; quality education and healthcare. However, ⅓ of countries in the world have not reached gender parity in primary education. Double standards play a role in gender bias in education. According to Dianne Beverlander, Professor of Management Education at Rotterdam School of Management with a focus on the career development for female professionals, women are thought of as nurturing, caring, kind, pretty, good listeners, gentle, and in need of protection, while men are courageous, strong, ambitious, risk takers and are thought of as leaders. Consequently, when women try to be leaders, they’re described as bossy and both men and women begin to dislike them. To tackle gender bias in education you must first question what our society is doing wrong and speak up on the topic. We should open our eyes and realize that women are interrupted more often than men in the classroom. If you're the one being interrupted, stand up for yourself, and if you’re a bystander, help the person being interrupted, be more confident or defend them yourself. There’s also this pattern in classes where lecturers use men as cases, so question that; ask why they don’t use women as role models. Additionally, make people aware of the situation even if they say it's nonsense at first. It would be ideal if this were to be reduced at least, since there is strong evidence that gender equality can promote economic growth. Women's access to employment and education opportunities reduces the likelihood of household poverty, and resources in women's hands have various positive outcomes for human capital and capabilities within the household.
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