Gender discrimination

Why is it still so bad and what can you do about it?

Lupo Alexandra Nicoleta XI MI1

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in every culture. Sexism.  . The terms ¶sexism· or ¶gender discrimination· basically means the prejudicial treatment of a group or a person due to their gender or sex. is a reality women face all over the world. or gender discrimination.

But for little girls in developing countries. from their mothers to teachers. and successful as boys. they are constantly reminded of the things they are not allowed to do. the message is just the opposite. athletic. Almost everywhere they go."When you grow up. you can be whatever you want to be. they are encouraged to believe that girls can be just as smart. From the day they are born."  Little girls in the USA hear this all the time.  .

to undergoing fasts for the well-being of her husband ² all religions have always discriminated against women and continue to do so. Pakistan.Gender Discrimination and Religion Practically all religions in the world are male dominated. . and most gender discrimination have their roots in these religions. and other Islamic countries. From being burnt at the stake accused of being witches to honor killings that still continue in places like India. with women being relegated to a much lower level than men.

In some parts of India. Her place is in the home. "The servant of your household has been born.   .´ A girl can't help but feel inferior when everything around her tells her that she is worth less than a boy. friends and relatives exclaim congratulations. Some women weep when they find out their baby is a girl because. not in the world of men. a daughter is just another expense. A son means insurance. to them. it's traditional to greet a family with a newborn girl by saying. Her identity is forged as soon as her family and society limit her opportunities and declare her to be second-rate. the reaction is very different.Girls: Household Servants  When a boy is born in most developing countries. When a girl is born.

. the government's infamous one-child policy has weakened the country's track record even more.000 males due to infanticide and sex-based abortions. parents make the horrific choice to end their baby girl's life.Infanticide and Sex-Selective Abortion In extreme cases. The gender ratio across India has dropped to an unnatural low of 927 females to 1. the policy gives parents just one chance to produce a coveted son before being forced to pay heavy fines for additional children. By restricting household size to limit the population. China has its own long legacy of female infanticide. In the last two decades.

most likely polluted. There is no time left in the day to learn to read and write or to play with friends. ready to wake up the next morning to start another long workday. grinds corn. bathes her younger siblings. Labor A girl walks barefoot long distances several times a day carrying heavy buckets of water. She collapses exhausted each night. a third of all sex workers in Southeast Asia are between the ages of 12 and 17. gathers fuel.  Sex Trafficking Some families decide it's more lucrative to send their daughters to a nearby town or city to get jobs that usually involve hard labor and little pay. just to keep her family alive. . and prepares meals until she sits down to her own after all the men in the family have eaten. She cleans. tends to the fields. The girls who are forced into prostitution to support their families often feel their burden deeply. It's estimated that 1 million children around the world are involved in the sex trade.

Women who have had some schooling are more likely to get married later. They also understand hygiene and nutrition better and are more likely to prevent disease by visiting health care facilities. have fewer and healthier children. the greater her chances to pursue worthwhile employment. Women can't defend themselves against physical and sexual abuse until they have the authority to speak against it without fear.Girls' Education: Breaking the Pattern of Gender Discrimination Education is the tool that can help break the pattern of gender discrimination and bring lasting change for women in developing countries. and make sure their own children complete school. Knowledge gives that authority. higher education. The longer a girl is able to stay in school. . Girls' education also means comprehensive change for a society. survive childbirth. and a life without the hazards of extreme poverty.

The most direct way is by easing the financial need that forces families to take their children out of school in the first place. . How to Help You can help pull down the barriers that keep girls from attending school and begin to bring change for women in developing countries.