Essay on Gender Inequality Towards Women 's Rights

1758 Words Oct 27th, 2016 8 Pages
Gender inequality towards women in Sierra Leone can be described as inequitable or impractical compared to the equality of women in developed/western countries. The roles women are expected to play are general expectations such as cooking, cleaning, and staying at home with the children, leaving women in Sierra Leone with very little to no chance of stepping out of these expected roles to prevent being stigmatized or possibly killed (Luna 2016). According to the Social Institutions and Gender Index, “despite legislative changes that have increased women’s legal protection, women continue to experience discriminatory practices.” Their rights and position are largely contingent on customary law and the ethnic group to which they belong to resulting in secret societies to which most girls and women belong, reinforcing harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage (Social Institutions and Gender Index). According to the Human Development Reports, Sierra Leone has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.413, a Gender Development Index (GDI) of 0.814, and the expected years of schooling one may attain is estimated at 8.6 years. Sierra Leone’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is 4.76 child birth per every woman indicating that the population is growing in size and the median age is declining (IndexMundi). These statistics show just how Sierra Leone is a developing country compared to those statistics of western countries and contributes to the…

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