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02 OCTOBER, 2017 (MAINS)


Q1. What do you understand by ‘gender equality’ and why is it important? (2013/15)


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  • Akshay

    Gender equality is a state in which the access to rights and opportunities unaffected by gender. Gender is a socio-cultural construct and not a natural. Gender equality is the first step towards women’s empowerment.
    Gender equality is important in today’s world because:
    • It has not been specified anywhere that female gender is lower in a hierarchy than male gender.
    • It encourages the social evils like dowry, rape, domestic violence against the particular gender.
    • It undermines the potential of a person only due to having a particular gender.
    • It is said that ‘ if you give a woman a fish you have feed her, but if you teach how to fish then she will be able to feed herself and her family’
    • Some may be argue that women are emotionally and physically weak, but we have examples of great personality like Rani Laxmibai, Raziya Sultan, Indira Gandhi who have falsify this myth.
    • Also gender equality is a tool to include transgender in the mainstream of the society. This will fulfill their right to dignified life.
    • It will reduce the cases of female foeticide and increase the sex ratio.
    Thus gender equality is important in the today’s 21st century. It has also enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (number 5).