Human Rights And Gender Inequality Essay

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As a female, this life I live is a sheer privilege. My parent’s do not love me any less because I am a daughter. I will be able to vote. I am not limited in my access to education. Yet daily, women of all ages, races and social background are subjected to gender inequality. However there is a striking lack of urgency surrounding the issue. I am confident that not one country on our planet could truthfully say they have achieved total equality for both sexes. Put frankly, we probably never will, but it is time we closed this substantial gap in ideals.

Today, women make up nearly 50% of the workforce, yet the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what her male counterpart earns. Globally, 1 in 5 girls will be denied secondary education. Things we’d consider basic human rights and should be human rights are not something we all have the benefit of. Not surprisingly, gender inequality is a huge contributing factor to global poverty, violence and discrimination. And it needs to stop.

Such inequality may stem from our biologically patriarchal mindset. Male dominance traces as far back as history goes, and it is prevalent in nearly every species on the planet. From a biological stance if we were living multiple millennia ago, it would have made sense: the baseline priority for every living thing is to reproduce, and strict gender stereotypes seemed necessary to achieve this. Biology however, is barely an admissible excuse for oppressing - even as far as objectifying…

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