RTI & HUMAN RIGHTS

THE LANGUAGE OF GENDER EQUALITY IN ELECTION, POLITICS & BEYOND

The language of equality is not foreign, nor is it reserved for the privileged; equality is a human right afforded to every person around the world. Equality has never reached the masses because greed has prevented global leaders, teachers, and students from reveling in the achievement of impartiality. First came the fight to end slavery, then the civil rights movement, and not woman women are leading the charge to empower a new era of equality of opportunity; women are at the forefrontof a global movement and their willingness to challenge the status quo is admirable, brave, and the future of societies around the world. Woman have steadily challenged hypocrisy by taking pen to paper and writing news articles, books, master thesis, and spreading their plight to anyone who would listen. Simply put, the language of equality is a human right and something every person regardless of their race, sex, religion, or social customs deserves.

People deserve quality of education which encompasses the right to equal opportunity as a fundamental human right that allows people of all social statuses the ability to improve their life through economic empowerment and personal/social development.

The Gender Guide provides practical information and recommendations for how

to address gender barriers and promote women and men’s equal participation through

out the electoral process. Advancing women’s full political participation is not only important for women them selves, it impacts the overall ability of society to reach its fullest potential. As the primary election administrators in most countries’ processes should meaningfully engage, support women and men’s equal rights to political participation. With this in mind, every country should add the Gender Guide to its collection of tools designed to strengthen inclusive electoral institutions that outlast international assistance.

From a gender equality perspective, expected  the most enduring of glass ceilings being shattered. It wasn’t to be. It won’t be distracting responsive leaders, in so many countries, who are adapting their public policies and their businesses to make them fairer and more profitable. Gender gaps not only persist in the 21st century, they plague industries and are responsible for woman being paid less than men for equal work. Ensuring equitable and gender-responsive education and empowerment in our systems is a crucial step towards ensuring male and female students of all ages have equal access to education and thus economic and social empowerment.

How many more fatalities will it take for the glass ceiling to crumble and break, and to disintegrate? It took a well-read girl to be shot in the head to convince people to shift from bullets to pen; with ink, we get peace and when we read, we reason and wonder why it took violence and an almost a tragic death to change the world’s view on social norms and morals. There’s always an empty seat in classrooms and a girl somewhere with the want to learn could fill that void and achieve her dreams at a better life for her, her family, and her country.

Women from landless households, fromsocialand economically backward communities, and those living in the most backward regions of third world countries have all too often been forgotten by the educational and developmental processes. Adapt and transform define how education must change to keep pace with social norms in the 21st century. If you teach a woman, you teach a family. I believe if you teach a woman, you can also free a nation.

The quota system does not create a base for the types of women who go into politics to become increasingly representative of the female gender in functional terms. Women running for election face numerous challenges. Change is possible if political commitment and adequate legal and policy frameworks are in place to provide a level playing field for both women and men. Rather, aspiring to a minimum number probably will cause a kind of natural selection among women, favoring those who function most like men and are thus less representative of the underrepresented.

In line with above thoughts, if we are right and if democracy properly conceived must transcend the premises of the sexual contract, then gender parity and the equal presence of both genders in politics is a democratic must. Hope elections bring in such a welcoming change.

By: Dr.Reetha Dinesh, Phd,MBA, International Human Rights& JB Graves, MSA, MIR, National Security Policy Research, U.S.

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