Gender Equality :The Corner stone of development

Originally Posted at Reading BEE Magazine

The roots of gender equality are besieged in basic humanitarian rights .The motive of gender equity is beyond just being a goal . It is the basics of commitment to humanitarian rights, meeting challenges, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development.

The most indispensable tool for development of a society is prevailing humanitarian rights
with a vital assurance that rights are maintained without gender bias and discrimination .
Equality assists in overcoming the barriers of social stereotypes and prejudices against genders enabling them to equally benefit from economic, social, cultural and political developments within society. Even though it is better considered a general issue , women tend to be more prone to targeted inequalities. The uneven orientation not only violates human rights but also thwarts the potential of an individual to make significant contributions in their respective communities .

The increasing number of Gender based violence has generated a global wave of initiatives .Since the adoption of the United Nations Charter in 1945, many international agreements, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979), the World Conference on Human Rights (1993) and the Millennium Development Goals (2000) have highlighted the need for countries to take action against discriminatory practices.

Even with a dedicated global agenda ,initiatives on small scale are crucial to determine the rehabilitating factor. Relative equality will be a crucial weapon in combating corruption and economic instability . With a high focus on health and education of women a family can be groomed to provide a well knitted community . Discrimination however robs off basic rights of health, hygiene and awareness causing a rift in the community on a large scale. Thereby in order to ensure a swift and effective growth in a community , it is extremely important to prevent dwindling rights among genders.

“It is not gender which is destroying our culture it is our interpretations of culture which has destroyed gender equality”
Cambodian civil society group


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