In todays multicultural and modern societies, where more and more people are accepted for their race, religion, beliefs and ideas, why are young people struggling with gender issues and why do many people suffer from gender inequality?
When men grow up they are taught that men need to be strong leaders, who provide for the family and if they feel pain, they only cry on the inside.
Young Children Need to Be Protected from Gender Stereotypes
Gender bias at primary school can have long-term implications for pupils. The problems stem from childhood and are then carried into adulthood only to be passed back to children. This cycle will see an end soon as 1 of the 8 millennium development goals is to promote gender equality and empowerment of women.
This will be achieved by eliminating the gender disparity in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Progress has been tracked by the number of women in paid employment sectors other than agriculture and the number of female MPs in national parliaments compared to males.
Young People’s Role in Gender Equality
As government ministers have committed to achieving gender equality by 2030, it’s also up to us to help with these goals as we can’t expect the higher authority to do everything for us. Women are still treated as second class citizens in some parts of the world, and even in the first world there aren’t as many female leaders as there are male. This isn’t to say males don’t face discrimination either but males can face ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and disability discrimination.
In a UN SH MyWorld2015 survey 5.2 million young women rated equality between men and women as the 5th or 6th priority out of 16 priorities. Young men rated equality between men and women as the 14th, 15th or 16th priority out of 16 options.
So how can we help increase the speed of equality before the new generation adopts the old generations ideas on the role of the man and the role of the woman.
- Increase investment in young girls’ leadership across the industries.
By increasing investment, young adolescent girls have an opportunity to increase their confidence to pursue leadership roles. Men and women will see the potential in these girls and accept that they have the ability to play a leading role.
- 2. Educating young boys on their responsibilities
- The role of young men and boys is not only important as actors in attaining gender equality, but also partners in a world where male and female equality has been attained by the year 2030.
- 3. Discussing gender equality with both sexes
- The discussions should be aimed to help break stereotypes and the age-old beliefs of masculinity.