gender equality



We explain what gender equality is, laws that defend it, the situation in Mexico and examples. Also, phrases that define it.

Gender equality seeks the same rights for all people.

What is gender equality?

When talking about gender equality, or gender equality, refers to the political struggle that tries to offer both men and women the same rights, benefits, sentences and the same respect. It is, at the same time, one of the objectives central of feminism.

This political stance is opposed to the inequality existing in most of the cultures in the world in assessing the tasks performed by men and women, assigning the former a predominant role, better rewarded and with greater visibility than the latter.

Gender equality is exactly that: equity rights, duties, benefits and others between the sexes, so that no one is discriminated against or favored for reasons other than those derived from their effort, their work and their commitment.

But that is not all. To achieve it, it is necessary to abolish certain practices traditional that are detrimental to women, such as human trafficking, sexual violence, femicide, domestic violence, and other forms of exclusion.

Importance of gender equality

Gender equality is more than a social achievement and overcoming a precondition of inequalities. Allow women greater access to education and progress has a direct and noticeable impact on the Gross Domestic Product of many developing nations. This is because it allows the society get more out of your human Resources.

Examples of gender equality

The right to vote for women was a great step towards gender equality.

Gender equality can be evidenced in cases such as the following:

  • Women's suffrage. The "suffragettes" were famous in the history of feminism for their demonstrations in favor of the vote of women during the nineteenth century, which was finally obtained at the beginning of the twentieth century, later allowing the possibility of female candidacies.
  • Overcoming the wage gap. In some advanced countries, the fight against the wage gap between men and women has been undertaken with such awareness that they have been enacted laws preventing men and women from receiving wages different for doing the same job.
  • The female right to study. Oddly enough, until a couple of hundred years ago, women were not allowed in any formal educational institution, other than convents and schools "for young ladies", where they learned manual trades and norms of label. The opening of professional life to women was an achievement of gender equality.
  • In female military exercise. Armies do not have to be made up of men only. On the other hand, the participation of women in war and the affairs of sovereignty The national does not necessarily have to be in the rear, working and bearing children who will later be soldiers for war. The possibility of a military career must be equal for men and women.

Gender equality law

In many countries there is a Gender Equality Law, and many others are currently undergoing debate leading to the legislation of one. These laws, written within the legal framework with which each nation is governed, serve to prohibit attitudes of segregation or discrimination sexual, to provide the Condition of a legal scheme for the protection of women.

This ensures that women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. In some cases it even involves creating institutions public authorities that monitor equal rights and serve as a representative in cases of feminicide, sexual violence, harassment, sexual discrimination and others that violate gender equality.

Gender equality in Mexico

Like so many other countries on the way developing, Mexico still faces great challenges in terms of gender equality. There is an approximate 30% wage gap, a distribution of housework three times greater in women than in men, only 43% of formal employment among women of working age in the country.

On the other hand, alarming rates of femicide stand out. In fact, the word "femicide" as a denomination of a crime was implemented for the first time in Mexico.

On the other hand, it has institutions dedicated to combating sexism and to the promotion of gender equality, such as the National Citizen Observatory of Femicide of Mexico and the National Institute of Women.

In addition, in Mexico the number of women actively participating in the politics As representatives of the people, it has grown in the last decade from 18.2% of women elected in the National Parliament, to 48.2% in 2019.

Phrases about gender equality

In addition to being a writer, Margaret Atwood is active in defense of Human Rights.

Here we compile some phrases about gender equality by international personalities:

  • "Women's equality must be a central component in any attempt to solve social, economic and political problems" - Kofi Anan, former Secretary of the UN.
  • “They are not two sexes superior or inferior to each other; they are different ”- Gregorio Marañón, Spanish doctor and writer.
  • “All men should be feminists. If they cared about women's rights, the world would be a better place. ”- John Legend, American singer.
  • “Feminism does not concern only women. We should all be feminists ”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer.
  • “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them. ”- Margaret Atwood, Canadian writer.
  • “Fighting for women's rights often makes us synonymous that we hate men. I only know that one thing is certain: we need to stop those thoughts” Emma Watson, American actress.
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