Essay about Intersectionality

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Intersectionality of Gender Inequality


Intersectionality of Gender Inequality For many decades, women have experienced all forms of oppression and constant violence that threatened their existence in the male-dominated society. Various forms of discrimination and oppression have been directed to women for decades. Violence directed at women such as rape and battery were seen and treated as isolated scenarios. However, as the need to foster gender equality took pace, such oppressive actions are now perceived as elements of a wider system of dominance in the society that that needs to be addressed as a whole rather than in singularity
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Given the interconnection between the oppressive institutions in the society, the concept of Intersectionality is best suited to study gender inequality. Intersectionality perceives oppressive institutions as existing in a system that reinforce and complement each other (Crenshaw et al., 2013). Therefore, adopting this wider view in regards to gender inequality has more promising consequences. In developing nations, gender discrimination is mainly prominent in places of work where the female employees are the victim. Most often female employees are offered a lower salary than their male counterparts for the same job position and equal qualifications. Women in Asia countries earn 54 to 90 percent less than their male counterparts. Most corporations in Asia have no female employee in the senior management. Only 1.1 percent of female across Asia hold a powerful position in corporations such as Chief Executive Officer. In Hong Kong over forty percent of companies have no female on the board of directors. Given the gender discrimination prevalence in Asian countries, female employees stand a less chance of securing a job where there are male competitors. In this regard, many female professionals choose not to work. In line with Intersectionality concept, the problem of gender discrimination in the workplace has been reinforced by other oppressive institutions in the Asian society. Notably is the Islamic doctrine on gender roles and the position of

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