Among the oldest forms of social injustice in the world, genderinequality has been around the scene for quite a while. From very early on, menor the male gender was considered to be superior in most societies. However, it didn’t stop there.
Today this kind of thinking is still in the public domain and there soon ensueda systematic and open manifestation of such discrimination.Gender-related issues have become a global concern andrequire to be curbed to promote equality which in turn yields peace andtogetherness. Gender inequality is the situation where human beings are treatedparty or wholly unequally due to their gender. Typically gender inequalitystems up for the different gender roles within our social setups. Genderinequality mainly arises from distinctions that are socially contrasted. Thereare many different organizations that focuson assigning women and men’s different positions, behaviors and roles. Genderinequality not only promotes growth but also leads to lower literacy levelsamong women, poverty, unequal chances in the workplace.
Moreover, there aremany positions in which women are not well represented such as politics andeconomics. In addition, discrimination based on gender has become more prominentin the world most of the incidences are experienced in the workplace. In today’sworplace, the human resource practices do enact harmful gender inequalitiesthrough policies, and decision-making processes. They are trying to make theworkplace better for everyone no matter the gender or your racial background.These policies affect things such as hiring, people’s pay, their promotion and how they are trainedbetween that of men and women.
These policies promote the notion that women andmen are not equal, and that they don’t have the same capabilities. The unequaltreatment of people is due to the socially constructed norms and myths hasaffected our society as well as workplace operations.In terms of pay, gender inequality and sex discriminationarises where every dollar earned by a man, a woman earns less by 33 cents onthe same job. Gender discriminatory pay sprouts from structural imbalancesaligned to gender segregation by departments, networks, and job ladders.Overrepresentation of the female gender on some sections makes that sector alower status area. Even though there have been many advancements made byinternational bodies to eliminate gender discrimination within the workplace, theseefforts have not been as successful.
From early on our society has painted apicture of women as the weaker gender,the one that has to stay home and take care of the children. As a child isborn, his/her life is directed from the colors to ascribe to, how to behave asone belonging to a certain gender and the roles to play. The traditionalmentalities still evolve within modern workplaces despite women making stridesin attaining equal qualifications.
Gender roles played by women such as child and familycare, mayimposes women to take long leaves from work as well as leave work beforeofficial working time is done. However, coorporations and organizations prefertheir employees to work overtime to complete and meet the targets that theyhave in mind. Which in turn, workers to put in long working hours which iseasier for the men that it would be for a women in the employees mindset. Theexcessive commitment required by employers is the key cause of the unendinggender inequality in employment. Majority of workplace, its structures and patterns ofinteractions mostly favors men. The psychologically and socially inbuiltstrength that men are have, makes them up to bethe leading gender. Societyperceives women as the feeble gender and that has to be subordinate to men evenin the workplace.
Moreover, people perceive females to lack in leadershipskills making them get lower paying jobs. On the other hand, a large populationof women have a low educational qualification, due to them not being able toaccess a higher educationThis htem leaves to them having to access low-payingjobs in the service industry. Moreover, the dire need to provide for theirchildren places them at the disadvantaged end of the employers who use cheaplabor and low corporate social responsibility to maximize their sales andprofit. In addition, an organization’s corporate culture affect theequity and equality of employees. Some places create a hostile culture in whichonly the males can survive intimidating the women.
The non-linear career pathssame to women due to maternity leaves and other non-payable needs to leave requiresflexibility in hiring agencies. Such characteristics identical to women have been used to deny the femalesauthority, managerial or supervisory positions.Gender inequality has detrimental effects on society to theeconomy and human development. A favorable climate for diversity sets in withfair treatment of every person regardless of the socially perceived roles basedon one’s gender.
Equality in the workplace is essential to prevent theoccurrence of abuse such as sexual harassment, underpayment, as well as bribery. Moreover, strict sets of rules thatuphold gender equality in an organization especially in human resources shouldbe mandatory.Offering high education opportunities and involving women inpolitics and social activities would also curb gender inequality among oursociety. The government should also see to provide scholarships to women aswell as to increase their employment and establish social protection programs..The non-government organizations should also seek to educate the society on theeffects of gender inequality and how to contribute to make society safer forfemales to strive, currently, the young generation has a different viewregarding careers and their meanings. Most of our generation demands equalityat all spheres of their lives be it be personal or professional, and mostbelieve that healthy work life is key to achieving happiness. The challenge isto address gender equality in all aspects, for instance, politics, business, andeducation as it’s the only way we can shape the future generation and ensuresuccess regardless of one’s genderThe struggle for gender equality is certainly the best wayto restore parity as pertains to gender in the society.
Different societiesmight practice different cultures, but what is for sure is that there is alwaysbound to be a bargaining ground for everything, including the sociology of thesetup itself. Gender inequality, having been there for ages, has only managedto get this far as a result of the vested interests and imbalanced attentionrendered by the so-called gender and social activists in general. It is good tonote however, that there have been tremendous gains made by all the keyplayers, to ensure that the gap has been greatly reduced. There is still moreto be done, especially within community setups, to continue with the efforts toensure gender equality.