Gender Discrimination: Gender And Equality In The World

885 Words4 Pages
Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations states that “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a pre-condition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance”. However, gender equality has been difficult to achieve across the globe with gender discrimination being the order of the day.
In order to get a clearer understanding of gender discrimination it is essential to know what the terms gender and discrimination mean and why gender is not the same as sex since there has been a misconception of the two terms (sex and gender). Sex refers to one’s biological classification whereas gender has to do with the social definitions attached with being either male or female. Discrimination on the other hand according to the Cambridge dictionary is treating a person or particular group of people differently especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, sex or sexuality. There is no country in the world in which both men and women have equal status with women mostly being the victims of gender discrimination which is a pervasive feature in many developing countries.
Scholars such as Sherry Ortner, Edwin Ardener and Jane Goodale all related gender discrimination to cultural construction and socialization. This indicates that gender discrimination is socially determined and can be changed by the proper and perpetuated

More about Gender Discrimination: Gender And Equality In The World

Open Document