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Gender Equality is a human right

What really is gender equality? “Gender equality, also known as sexual equality or equality of the sexes, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.” Wikipedia. The Oxford Languages say,

gender equality

noun: gender equality; noun: sexual equality

the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender.

“legislation that reflected the principles of gender equality”

Gender equality is, first and foremost, a human right. It implies that women, men, boys and girls of all classes and races participate as equals and have equal value. They enjoy equal access to resources, freedoms and opportunities to exercise control.

Gender equality means that the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of individuals will not depend on whether they are male or female, handicapped or able bodied, young or elderly, white or black, or from rural or urban settings.

Women are entitled to live in dignity, safety and security. Empowering women and girls is an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty. Women who are healthy, educated and in charge of their lives contribute to the health and wealth of whole families, communities and their nations. Read more on UNFPA

Gender equality is not a tool to bully men. Neither is it pro-women, it is a human right not, women’s right. There are so many misconceptions and misinterpretations of gender equality.

Men and women are not at war and gender equality does not mean that the man ceases to put rules in place in his own home.

What is gender equality? Has gender equality stripped off the black man’s rights and dignity?

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About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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