What causes gender inequality?

Gender inequality is where people are treated differently based on their gender.

Click here to learn about ten causes of gender inequality.

Read through the article above, and choose one of the following questions to answer.

  1. In your opinion, which are the three biggest causes of gender inequality from this list? Why have you chosen these three?
  2. Which of these ten causes is the easiest to prevent? (prevent means to stop). Why?
  3. Which of these ten causes is the hardest to prevent? Why?
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Comments (92)

  • British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    10 Mar 2022

    Research shows that most jobs dominated by females are: Preschool and kindergarten teachers, Dental hygienists, Speech language pathologists, Dental assistants, Childcare workers, Secretaries and administrative assistants, Dietitians and nutritionists , Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists , Medical assistants and this is because when women go for occupations like construction jobs, they are rejected because the are said to be not strong enough and if the build the buildings the may not be as strong as that of the men. This is about job segregation and I feel that this is the easiest because once men accept that women are not for only good at cleaning, taking care of children, cooking and other domestic chores they will realize that when both genders work together the create an unstoppable team .

    1. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      victorious_wilddog's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Prejudice is what is considered something that is not beautiful but rather ugly because it leads to the lack of promotion of human rights and inequality between the sexes (male and female)It has neither pros nor cons

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        emotional_tornado's comment 16 Mar 2022

        Yes, yes, prejudice is a bad thing. It reduces the capabilities of the people who are exposed to it, and it may be a reason for a person to commit suicide to get rid of his troubles caused by prejudice.

        1. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
          willing_imagination's comment 17 Mar 2022

          Yes, this is true. Of course, if there are negatives about it, it can lead to suicide in something very difficult and ugly

  • British Council.jpg inspiring_land | Makini Academy | Kenya
    11 Mar 2022

    I think this is true nice post

  • British Council.jpg inspiring_land | Makini Academy | Kenya
    11 Mar 2022

    Why should women be demoted to so low currency jobs

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    11 Mar 2022

    In most communities , you find women are not in the governmental seats and even if they vire, they are not given as much votes as men in the community. A great example is in the states, only 9.5% of women in the states vired in the 2019 governmental elections and the votes given to them were highly devastating. When i had it the news i was very shocked and I was actually supporting one of them and i feel like this is a big problem in the society and it should also be stopped.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 11 Mar 2022

      Thank you for this evidence, rational_grape. What do you think can be done to increase the representation of women in government positions?

      1. British Council.jpg idealistic_significance | Baalbeck Second Public High School | Lebanon
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 11 Mar 2022

        -People must vote for women who are candidates for elections and support them because they have the right to be leaders .
        _Media must help to tackle this too , by making campaigns to aware people to vote for change and impartiality by applying their voices for women.
        _Women also must higher their voices in order to be heard by all the world . For example, " National Commission for Lebanese Women" is a campaign which support women and insist them to be leaders especially in the Lebanese government.
        _ Only 18% of companies globally are led by women , while the other else percent are men and that's not acceptable at all. So on, women should nominate for leadership even for presiding over govermental positions regardless of the country they live in .
        _ Furthermore , the government must popularize and propagate women's rights to sovereignty.

      2. British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Mar 2022

        The government can elect men and women in same positions. For example, there is CS of millitary who's a man but now they want to promote equality, they can also put a woman in charge too. This can solve the problem and motivate more women to vie for gubernatorial seats. BREAK THE BIAS.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      rational_grape's comment 19 Mar 2022

      This applies to many countries, not just the United States

  • British Council.jpg inspiring_land | Makini Academy | Kenya
    11 Mar 2022

    I also want to say in my country we have challenges and problems like government dictatorship about(91%) , crime(92%) economic difficulties like lack of occupation a (95%) .

    1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inspiring_land's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Thank you, I did not know this information

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inspiring_land's comment 19 Mar 2022

      Really this is horrible it saddens me that

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        willing_imagination's comment 21 Mar 2022

        Can you say why?

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 Mar 2022

    I would like to focus on question 1 the three greatest causes of gender inequality to me are;
    1. Lack of political freedom: The lack of political freedom is one major cause of gender inequality. Women need to be given the right to represent in government activities, if women were given the opportunity to participate in governmental activities I feel they will be able to tackled the problems of bias against women and this is because women are more sentimental than men they feel what they women feel and know what they know. According to the 10 causes of gender inequality about 24.3% of the seats in governmental parliament were filled by women and only about 11 head of states. Women should at least fill 45% of seats in governmental so that that ideas and views could be known and enacted.
    2.Racism: racism is another factor that can affect gender inequality. Many people are treated preferential based on their race. "This affects what jobs women of color are able to get and how much they’re paid, as well as how they are viewed by legal and healthcare systems". Gendered racism is a form of oppression that occurs due to race and gender. It is perpetuated due to the prevalence of perceptions, stereotypes, and images of certain groups. Racism functions as a way to distinguish races as inferior or superior to one another. My reason for this is, the blacks are not treated equally as the whites. according to the 10 causes of gender inequality, according to10 causes of gender inequality, the pay gaps between white women and women of color continues that legacy of discrimination and contributes to gender inequality. Racism affects many aspects of the society like workplaces, hospitals and many more.
    3. Lack of employment equality: lack of employment affects gender inequality. From the 10 causes of gender inequality, "Only 6 countries in the world give women the same legal work rights as men. In fact, most economies give women only ¾ the rights of men". My reason is, most women want to also have a job doing, they want to have a job that will help them cater for their families just as the men do, they want to have something doing rather than being idol. What if a woman's husband is dead? She will need a job to help provide for her children. According to the 10 causes of gender inequality Studies show that if employment became a more even playing field, it has a positive domino effect on other areas prone to gender inequality. Lack of employment equality should be resolve.

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    11 Mar 2022

    In your opinion, what are the three biggest reasons for gender inequality from this list? Why did you choose these three?
    1)- Segregation of jobs
    2)-Access to insufficient education
    3)- Lack of religious freedom
    Because each one has a reason for the first problem, because my country also suffers from this problem, and this is a global and local problem, and I hope this problem will be solved as soon as possible
    As for the second problem, because education for females reaches secondary school only, while males complete their education and get employed
    The third problem is that there are fanatical people who only support their faith, and the other leader ignores it and incites people against them.
    Isn't that true..
    I hope my message reaches everyone and everyone benefits
    Thank you..❤️🌹

  • British Council.jpg adventurous_drum | Opoku Ware M/A Primary | Ghana
    11 Mar 2022

    I'm going to talk about gender inequality.
    1. In the media about 73%of the management job are occupied by men compare to 27% occupied by women -we should stop that by letting men and women to be equal in management job.

  • British Council.jpg freespirited_moon | Opoku Ware M/A Primary | Ghana
    11 Mar 2022

    I'm going to talk about gender inequality.
    1. In the media about 73% of the management job are occupied by men compare to 27% are occupied by women-I think we should help let both men and women to be at the same management job

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      freespirited_moon's comment 11 Mar 2022

      I think you might have worked together with adventurous_drum on this, which is great - but just try to make sure everything is in your own words!

  • British Council.jpg dazzling_meerkat | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    11 Mar 2022

    I think that the distinction between men and women is that there is ignorance about women’s freedom and society’s view of both sexes, but we can face this problem and hold together as one hand and raise awareness about this problem whose damages are likely to increase later.

  • British Council.jpg enigmatic_memory | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    11 Mar 2022

    In my opinion these are the three major causes of inequality;
    1. Uneven access to education this is because around the world, women still have less access to education than men so because of this some women without access to education can scatter their dreams. For instance when a woman want to be a nurse and she wasn't able to continue school after high school.
    2. Racism because some men think women are not good to do what a man does,like doing something we think men are good at it than women such as selecting a group leader because we think women are not that strong to carry out the duties on her own.
    3. Poor medical care because is said women were born to be in the kitchen so even if she's not feeling well they will think she don't want to do her chores.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    11 Mar 2022

    Women are often discriminated against in the work environment, and this appears in many aspects. Women are sometimes prevented from participating in the labor market on an equal basis with men, especially in professions related to wealth and reputation, and those that leave a strong social impact on people, Discrimination against women in the work environment also includes obtaining a less important job and a less valuable salary for the same job compared to men, despite having the same academic degrees, which may be directly reflected on the woman's income and the amount of power she wields.

    I chose the second question to talk about

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    11 Mar 2022

    These are some of the solutions I would like to offer to reduce gender bias and increase women's participation in aspects of public life, the political sphere, and decision-making processes. Empowering women's economic independence. Providing safety for women and girls in their homes and public places. Increasing society's awareness of the harms of discrimination against women, through various media, including social media. The state's commitment to its duty to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women by following the procedures and measures that contribute to addressing stereotypes based on gender discrimination, which limit women's enjoyment of their basic rights and freedoms, making legal amendments if necessary, to ensure that the law is free of any a form of discrimination against women and girls,

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    12 Mar 2022

    Q3. Which of the ten causes is the hardest to prevent? Why?
    I would say it is POOR MEDICAL CARE because it is linked to other major causes of gender inequality such as a lack of good education and job opportunities among women which results in poverty and the inability to afford good healthcare. Also, due to gender inequality in the healthcare system, there is poor medical care for women leading to a high mortality rate among pregnant mothers. An example can be seen in my country Nigeria which accounts for 10 per cent of deaths for pregnant women globally (576 deaths per 100,000 live births!!) or the US which has the highest mortality rate among developed countries, globally 500,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. This is a very important issue as it involves the lives of people and it needs to be solved as soon as possible to prevent the loss of more lives.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    12 Mar 2022

    Well for me gender inequality is not just a problem that started in the present day. In my own opinion excluding the girl child from going to school because of house chores, early marriage and stereotyping by teachers; research has shown that one of the reasons girls are being stereotyped in school by their teachers is because most of the time "boys are more intelligent and smarter than girls". Well there is a way to prevent this and how this can be done is when parents give their girl children the opportunity to go to school, and teachers should get to know the interest of their students to prevent stereotyping and also providing enlightenment programmes in schools on the dangers of gender bias.

  • British Council.jpg dedicated_maths | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    13 Mar 2022

    Please if I may ask,what are the factors that influence Gender Bias?

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    13 Mar 2022

    Having a husband or partner reduces the likelihood of women participating in the labor market in emerging and developed countries, Arab countries and North African countries. But the effect is reversed in developing countries: partnership/marriage has a positive impact on women's participation (3.3 percentage points). The latter finding highlights the economic imperative to operate in developing countries, despite the partnership status.

    Women in extreme poverty are more likely to participate, regardless of gender criteria. In developing countries, they are 7.8 percent more likely to participate in the labor force; in emerging countries, by 6.4 percent; In the Arab countries and North African countries, where the gap in participation rates is the highest, the probability increases further, reaching 12.9 percent.

    Globally, the lack of affordable care for children or family members negatively affects women's participation.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      willing_imagination's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Can you tell us where you found this information? Don't forget to add your own view!

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 14 Mar 2022

        The economic situation in developing countries necessitates that women look for work to help secure the family’s requirements, which motivates them to accept any work and any wages, or perhaps the social situation they live in, such as divorce or spinsterhood. This also pushes them to look for work to meet their needs, whether they have children or not The presence of a dependent husband is also a reason to search for work with any pay, and this situation is increasing in developing countries a lot

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    13 Mar 2022

    What are the three biggest causes of gender inequality from this list I have chosen. 1. Unequal access to education

    because. Among all the illiterate people in the world ⅔ are women 2- Lack of legal protection because more than one billion women do not enjoy legal protection against domestic sexual violence or domestic economic violence. 3_ Lack of political representation because
    Among all national parliaments at the beginning of 2019, women held only 24.3% of the seats

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Mar 2022

    Equal opportunities in education for females and males are easy to prevent by overcoming the causes. First of all, females must realize their educational rights and demand them under any circumstance, if girls realize the value of education and the qualitative leap that it brings in changing the course of their lives for the better, in addition to For local and international community institutions to advocate for girls’ right to education, this will encourage boys to call for the right to education and challenge traditions, customs and social patterns, and will free themselves by themselves, starting with girls’ belief in the necessity of their education, and extricating themselves from the quagmire of ignorance, thus girls realize their value, and that Through education, society will rise and it will assume tasks that it would not have obtained without education. We do not forget that assistance and support for girls in this right is the motive to ensure their access to them, and that the equality of girls with boys must be guaranteed in the nursery stage to higher education and training, and the concept of exclusiveness must be fought Education is for boys only and to get out of the stereotype that education is for boys only, if girls are convinced of the radical change that will transform their lives from a marginalized and weak life to an active role in society However, the ease of overcoming this problem is the encouragement and determination to achieve the goals...

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      aware_painting's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Is it up to women to realise their educational rights and demand them, or is it the responsibility of society to offer them in the first place?

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 14 Mar 2022

        One way to achieve this is by highlighting the elimination of violence against women and girls across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Work to strengthen legislation, policies, institutions, prevention, services and data to stop violence and promote gender equality.

        We must also talk about this issue and start promoting gender equality in the workplace
        Likewise, all women must be made aware of their rights and duties in order to be able to continue and participate with men side by side

      2. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 14 Mar 2022

        We live in Jordan. Jordan was ruled by King Hussein bin Talal, who ruled Jordan from 1953 to 1999. One of the most important works he presented to his people was that education is compulsory. He also established schools and universities and made education in the basic stages free of charge, in order to ensure and encourage him on the importance of education. It would be good to have Education is a responsibility to society

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Mar 2022

    The relationship is complementary, the society must show the importance of women’s education and its impact on making developed and strong societies, and highlight their rights to have a more understanding of them. Society has a lot to facilitate obtaining her rights, and at the same time the female must appreciate that right for herself and insist on it.

    1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Yes, this helps a lot in spreading equality and impartiality

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 17 Mar 2022

      It is true that the relationship is complementary, as both men and women complement each other, each of them has a role in the small community, which is the home and the large, which is the environment around it.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    14 Mar 2022

    Family is the first unit of socialization, sometimes gender inequality starts from the family this is when the family makes the girl feel inferior to the boy by the act of favouritism/partiality . For example when the female child should ask for a phone her parents would be like she should focus on house chores, but then when the male child should ask for the same thing they give it to him right away. I personally have witnessed this scenerio before in my society. Another example is when parents deprive the girl child from going to school because of some particular stereotypes like : ladies are meant to do the house chores and also ladies are meant to get married early so there is no need for school. My main point is that most at times gender inequality starts from the family.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    14 Mar 2022

    Out of the ten causes of gender inequality I think racism is the hardest to prevent because gender racism is a form of oppression that occurs due to race and gender. Racism functions as a way to distinguish races as inferior or superior to one another. It is very hard to prevent, because right from the start black women have always experienced the burdens of "gendered racism" in their work places, yet little is known about how these leaders cope with those experiences or how such coping might impact their ability or desire, to persist and thrive in such positions. The reason why it will be hard to overcome it, is because" Racism is systemic, while it manifests in individual attitudes and behaviours". That is the primary reason it so difficult to eradicate.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      inventive_analysis's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Can you tell us why racism is linked to gender equality, inventive_analysis?

      1. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Mar 2022

        Because racism is discrimination because of sex, race, religion or language. Bias is also racism because it leads to the differentiation between male and female and leads to the lack of promotion of human rights for both sexes, just as men have greater rights than women. This leads to racism and prejudice.

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          emotional_tornado's comment 15 Mar 2022

          Hi emotional_tornado - this definition of bias isn't quite right. Racism is a type of prejudice that means people with a different skin colour or ethnicity are treated unfairly. Gender inequality is also an example of prejudice, but it is not racism.

          1. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Mar 2022

            I know that, but it is a little close to it, because it also prejudices the lack of promotion of human rights, which is a very ugly thing, as I said

      2. British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Mar 2022

        I feel that racism and gender inequality are the same because ,they both have a significant impact on mental and physical health worldwide. It can also limit peoples’ access to healthcare, increase rates of ill health, lower life expectancy ,and at their work place.

  • British Council.jpg serious_memory | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    14 Mar 2022

    I am going to talk about gender inequality.
    9.Racism:in Amazon, some black employees have been saying that there are a lot of gender bias going on in Amazon. For example, black employees account for 3.8% of it's senior positions in U.S (up from 1.5% in 2018) compared with a figure of 70.7% for whites (down from 74.3% in 2018) even though you might find that those black employees may be working harder than the white employees.
    I feel this is not right because Amazon does not sell it's products only to white people but also to black people, and there is roughly about 46.8 million black people in the world which is around 14% of the world population.
    I think this is easy to prevent because, if black people get angry about this they may stop buying products from Amazon, those black people may have friends who are white, and those whites may also decide not to patronize Amazon, and once the owner of Amazon notices that there has been a drop in sales, He will surely look for the source of the problem and try to fix it.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      serious_memory's comment 14 Mar 2022

      Can you link this comment to gender equality?

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    14 Mar 2022

    Q3. Which of the ten causes is the hardest to prevent? Why?
    I would say it is Poor Medical Care because it is linked to other major causes of gender inequality such as a lack of good education and job opportunities among women and this results in poverty and the inability to afford good and efficient healthcare. Also, even when women can afford quality healthcare, due to gender inequality in the healthcare system, there is poor medical care for women.
    An example of this can be seen in the high mortality rate among pregnant mothers. An example can be seen in my country Nigeria which accounts for 10 per cent of deaths for pregnant women globally (576 deaths per 100,000 live births!!) or the US which has the highest mortality rate among developed countries, globally 500,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. This is a very important issue as it involves the lives of people and it needs to be solved as soon as possible to prevent the loss of more lives.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Mar 2022

    I see that inequality occurs in many places, for example in the workplace, and this happens in many societies. I want to ask: Are there ways to spread equality?? Can we break prejudice in societies?? Big??, and do you know some things where there is bias?

  • British Council.jpg successful_seed | Ain Arik Basic Co-ed School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Mar 2022

    In some places, you find that women are not in the chairs (they do not get big positions like men) such as Amarca, where women participated in the elections in 2019 and the votes granted to them were devastating. Why do you think this is happening to them

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Mar 2022

    The absence of legal protection is unfair to women’s rights, perhaps the woman is the biggest victim as a result of that deliberate absence, although many international and humanitarian institutions have called for the need to establish protection for women in all circumstances. Women in the home, where is the role of laws in protecting women from violence?? Violence against women affects them physically, psychologically and mentally, and its effects remain for a longer period of time, and perhaps the number of deaths among women was greater for this reason. The source of violence and independence, and those who do not have those options are left under violence and threat waiting for laws to protect them, these laws are very important because they save many from certain death, but the most challenge for these laws is the lack of data on incidents of violence against women, laws must be implemented to ensure the safety of women In order to see more impact in the future, we must focus on priority and attention to laws and institutions that improve women’s welfare and care. Perhaps some of these laws have contributed to saving women’s lives, and aims to deter unwanted behavior and promote a positive outcome through which it seeks to change social standards, traditions and customs. It led to the downgrading of women's dignity and the loss of their rights. Can women's protection laws be a comprehensive strategy to save her soul and psyche from destruction???

  • British Council.jpg capable_seal | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Mar 2022

    gender equality .
    Unfortunately, there is still a very long way to go to achieve equal rights between men and women, and the goal of gender equality is fairness and gender balance in any situation.
    Gender equality is considered the fifth goal of the seventeen development goals for the United States of America, and it is certainly a goal to create equality between the sexes and their enjoyment of all their rights.
    There are also major efforts to combat gender inequality in countries.
    In conclusion, I would like to ask a question: Are you for or against equality between men and women?
    We are all human!!!!!!

  • British Council.jpg capable_seal | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Mar 2022

    This may be a reason for discrimination between the sexes, which is that
    Men have larger lungs, more blood cells, and more clotting factors while women have more white blood cells, which increases antibody production — all of these differences may be the reason for the sex distinction.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      capable_seal's comment 15 Mar 2022

      Can you verify this with evidence? And even if so, does that explain all bias?

      1. British Council.jpg capable_seal | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Mar 2022

        This does not explain all prejudice, equality should be between the two sexes, each complements the other, men are the guardians of women, and behind every man is a great woman.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    16 Mar 2022

    One of the most important causes of gender inequality is prejudice, for sexism, such as bias at work, bias in the family, bias in schools, and a lot of biases, and there are many types of bias. Do you know the types of bias??! Do you have ways to spread equality??

  • British Council.jpg marvellous_fly | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
    16 Mar 2022

    According to my opinion, Un even access to education; Lack of Employment Equality; and Lack of Legal Protection are the biggest causes of Inequality, because;-
    1. Education is the key, is where one acquires knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, personal development. e.t.c. However only 1/3 of the women globally are educated meaning are aware of their rights and the biggest percentage are illiterates, being ignorant, they face all forms of bias in the community.
    2. A part from that, the 1/3 who are educated still face a lot of discrimination in their places of work in a way that, their payment are never similar to that of men, not in managerial positions and cannot advocate or take part in decision making. If this was possible, they would be able to come up with good working conditions that favours them
    3. The worst of it all is Lack of Legal Protection against the harassment girls and women under go at schools that may be causing the dropouts, workplaces, communities. Hence women are not empowered are end up developing internal bias. They therefore cannot stand for their rights but remain intimidated by the men who dominate the policy or decision making team.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      marvellous_fly's comment 17 Mar 2022

      Good, clear and straightforward reasons, marvellous_fly!

  • British Council.jpg sincere_iceberg | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
    16 Mar 2022

    Societal Mindset is not only the least/less tangible but to my opinion is the worst cause and also the easiest to solve/prevent/stop. Worst because it does not only affect one physical but mentally and emotionally hence leading to low performance both at school, home and at work place. It is easiest to prevent because it is caused by lack of Love which prompts others to under look the importance and ability of one gender. If love is promoted in every society, then people would appreciate the contributions of each and every member of the society and thus respect and protection irrespective of the race, gender, culture or tribe.
    Whose duty is it to promote this Love? It is the duty of each and every member in the society starting from the smallest unity, that is, families. Once a family promotes love and respect for its members irrespective of gender, then, the members will be able to transfer this value to the rest of the people in the community (school, work place e.t.c).

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    17 Mar 2022

    Lack of mobility is a major cause of gender equality. This inequality prevents a particular gender from moving from one country to another or from one place to another. In Egypt, women were not allowed to get out of the house or out of the country without the father's or husband's permission. Women in Egypt never got privacy and sometimes it limited their actions. We need to break this bias by giving women a right to freedom. BREAK THE BIAS.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 17 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your comment rational_grape. I'm not sure that all women in Egypt face these prejudice. Can you do some more research.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    17 Mar 2022

    Nowadays men and women, boys and girls, are equal education rights but there is a hidden bias in it. Women and girls are normally expected to learn subjects like humanities while boys are expected to learn sciences and mathematics. This is being biased toward both genders because freedom of choosing suitable subjects is not given to boys and girls in school. We can cab this inequality by letting everybody choose subjects according to their interest and capabilities. BREAK THE BIAS.

  • British Council.jpg dedicated_maths | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    17 Mar 2022

    Please is STATISTICAL DISCRIMINATION a cause of gender inequality??

  • British Council.jpg affable_revolution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    18 Mar 2022

    Speaking on the topic "Gender Bias", a lot of issues have been raised concerning the unequal treatment of women to men. First lets take a look at the issue on ground, the topic of Gender bias in all sectors considering the work places such as the hospitals and other places of public gathering should be well looked into. When we say we are fighting for gender equality we shouldn't develop the mindset that in all that goes on in life, women are the least considered. This is because we are fighting to attain equilibrium and not to completely phase out the men

  • British Council.jpg victorious_sparrow | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    18 Mar 2022

    Thanks for the nice post

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg magical_wilddog | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    18 Mar 2022

    I think racism, uneven access to education and poor medical health care is the biggest 3 causes for gender inequality. The reason is because:

    1.Racism is not just only what women suffer it also happens to men and is very serious for their future because they might be in labour when they're young and they can't go to school because of their work or their mental health.

    2.Uneven access to education can affect their future because what if they plan not to have children in the future however when they need to get a job to support themselves education could help them achieve that.

    3.Poor medical health care is vital for them because during the pandemic many women would have been sick due to corona and the virus may not just act normal when it gets in a man's body it will react differently with a women's body. if many women in that area get sick. The population will take a hit and the area may not be able to keep its population up for a while since travelling may be banned there.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      magical_wilddog's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Well written, magical_wilddog. Can you say why racism is higher compared to the other two?

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    18 Mar 2022

    Poverty is a major cause of gender inequality in society according to research. Like in our village, poor families marry off their baby girls to get money to educate their brothers and to get food. This inequality needs to be cabbed by not marrying off their daughters. BREAK THE BIAS.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    18 Mar 2022

    I showed my view in the fourth point, and I think that it is dangerous for everyone if we do not find a radical solution for itBecause of the lack of legal protections for women, we hear a lot about cases of sexual abuse, especially against underage girls, and because some societies consider themselves conservative, they try to hide it by trying to get rid of the same girl anywhere available. way, even if it's about killing

  • British Council.jpg buzzing_wallaby | Futures Hurghada Language School | Egypt
    19 Mar 2022

    In your opinion, which are the three biggest causes of gender inequality from this list? Why have you chosen these three?
    For me, Lack of employment equality, societal mindsets and Uneven access to education are three biggest causes of gender inequality
    Firstly Uneven access to education:
    Because when the woman uneducated she can’t share her opinion and draw everyone’s attention.
    Besides societal mindsets is an important cause of gender inequality:
    Because if there they have open minds there will not be a bias.
    Finally, Lack of employment equality is an important cause of gender inequality too:
    Because there will be no chances to woman to prove that they could succeed like men.
    That’s in my point of view.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    21 Mar 2022

    Unnoticed female inventors are a type of bias against women. When you always ask a young child of any scientist, he/she will shout out Albert Einstein but when it comes to a female inventor, his/ her brain will go blank. This inequality can also come because men take credit for women's inventions just because men have the mentality that a woman cannot be superior without a man to help. Many inventions were made by women but men decided to get credit for those inventions that are why many people in society know more male inventors. Monopoly.
    America's favorite board game was created by Elizabeth Magie Phillips. She called it "The Landlord's Game," and it aimed to both demonstrate the benefits of Henry George's system of land-grabbing economics and protest monopolists of the time, like John D. Rockerfeller.

    Phillips filed for a patent in 1903, and the game began to circulate among niche communities — but right as it was catching on, Charles Durow stepped in and secured a copyright for his own "enhanced" version, called Monopoly, which featured a few variations that made it easier to play. Durow then sold his game to Parker Brothers, and Phillips was largely lost to history.

    Things that were brought up by women are always around us. Even the computer programing I'm using was made by a woman. We now know that women have unknowingly been the brains behind most of history's significant innovations. Just imagine a world with no women. We must always thank women because they are the ones who brought us up. BREAK THE BIAS.

  • British Council.jpg affable_revolution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Speaking from a kin sighted point of view, humanity as a whole, one way or the other has her constituents going through education either formal or informal. The issue of gender bias runs even in the educational sector from elementary stage to the secondary stage and even to the tertiary level of education. At this part of the world, where I am from, we see many issues of gender bias.
    In schools there days, classes are divided into the science courses and the arts. It is well believed, that the males perform better in the science classes than women do and I believe we agree that it is an ideology with a vague impression because women are equally as intelligent as the men are. With such a mindset women now find it hard to get into the class of their choice.
    Even in the tertiary institutions, gender inequality is an issue because we could have a case of lecturer who would refuse to pass a lady because she refused to go to bed with him and no case of such is seen in the line of men. Many of them only pass women who agree to and I see it as a real issue and one of the adding factors to the problem of gender bias

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    In my opinion, the three greatest causes of gender inequality are;
    1. Lack of Political Representation: I chose this reason because one of the general causes of bias either gender, racial or any form at all is lack of proper representation. This can lead to one being either misheard, misinterpreted, or even not heard at all which serves, in my opinion, as a vital cause in any form of bias especially gender.
    2. Lack of Religious Freedom: There are some religions that do not allow females to speak up and air their views. This is primarily one of the most vital reasons for gender bias because the ideology is that females have nothing to say whereas they have a lot to say but their religion does not permit them to say it.
    3. Societal Mindset: Now, because of the afore mentioned reasons, the society paints the picture that females do not know how to care for themselves and this ideology or stereotype makes the society look down on the female gender and it is a major factor leading to gender bias.

    Basically, I personally feel that all these reasons are centered on lack of adequate communication and representation. I feel that this is the main reason for gender bias.

  • British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    In my opinion, the three greatest causes of gender inequality are;
    1. Job Segregation: Because of the fact that not all women are given the privilege to work on particular jobs which men are believed to be more suited to, these women are likely to either not get any jobs or receive really low income for the work that they do. The best jobs are constantly being saved for the men and the women are suffering as a result. Other times, women have to engage in jobs for which they receive no pay. Women need to be supported in more ways than one. They do work and are not even recognized for it talk more of being paid for it. They do not receive support or encouragement for the hard work they do. If this is corrected, then we would be one step towards solving the problems of gender inequality.
    2. Lack of Political Representation: Although there has been a lot of progress over the years, women are still being underrepresented in political activities worldwide. I believe that there is a need for everyone (regardless of what status or position, gender or age) to be well represented in the political affairs of their various countries. As a fact, men and women do not think the same way, thus one can bring up ideas which the other tends to overlook. There are a lot more men in the helm of affairs than there are women, and this is not good. More women need to be brought into the equation so that some of the crucial issues that are overlooked would not be neglected.
    3. Poor Medical Care: They say that health is wealth, yet we hardly see that being put into play. I am in the belief that this adage should apply to every person and not a select few. Many women are not so healthy and are not even able to afford quality healthcare. Human beings should not be denied adequate healthcare just because they are not of the opposite gender. Now, this also applies to the issue that females are not given equal access to education as males. If this were not so then we would have trained female medical specialists who would help in the fight for appropriate healthcare for other women. These female specialists would also help to conduct more research on diseases that affect women more than men and find possible solutions to these diseases.

  • British Council.jpg highspirited_horse | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    I think that a major cause of gender inequality is STEREOTYPE ( a generalized belief about a particular category of people). Women are often believed to be the weaker gender. As the word STEREOTYPE implies, women are often categorized as individuals who just cook and do house chores. According to my research, countries like Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Afghanistan, limit the amount of women working in a particular industry or firm. Even at that, these women who are then selected to work, are not even paid well rather they are paid half of even less than half of what the men are paid and as a result of that, these countries mentioned above have been tagged by the World Bank as the worst countries for gender equality when it comes to laws regulating WORK and EQUAL PAY. This is very wrong. Who told them that women cannot even be more productive than the men. Who told them that more output cannot be received in a day from the women. There is a saying that"what a man can do, a woman can do better". So women should be given the opportunity
    to also work. Women should be given the opportunity to play sport. Women should be given the opportunity
    to invent and create new things. Women also have the right to be whoever they want to be and do whatever they want to do irrespective of their gender. After all, this is not only a man's world.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    25 Mar 2022

    Bias in the acting industry that is affecting women who want to take up major roles. I know a woman who wanted to take a big role instead she was given two choices, either get another job or be a servant in the movie but she decided to act for another group. She is the best female actor I know and it was a wise choice to be awarded the best fight at MTV for taking down the german soldiers.
    This already gives you a hint on who I am talking about today. Gal Gadot is also known as wonder woman. She's story shows just how cruel men are in giving acting roles to women and that answers the question of why most superheroes in Marvel are men more than women.
    The movie itself Wonder Woman depicts how strong women are in acting and how good it would be if that is done.
    We need to break the bias by hiring an even amount of female and male actors so that equality can be restored and giving women and men equal chances to show what they are capable of doing not only in the acting industry but also in other fields. Women just need a cheer-up to put their game in motion and show what they are made of. BREAK THE BIAS.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    28 Mar 2022

    Women normally go out there to protest gender discrimination or biases against them by men. The government always takes action on their cry and women to get more support than men.

    The big question in your mind right now is where the inequality comes from. For example, when a man beats a woman, the man will be beaten or jailed but if a woman beats a man, she won't be done anything because of her gender and the belief that women are a weak gender even if considered as the strongest woman in the world. The inequality comes in when women's voices are heard more than men's voices in society. This is a type of subconscious bias. This bias can affect men psychologically and physically. neglection is the cause of this bias in society.

    On 15th June 2020, somewhere in the world, women protested gender inequality. The government of the country took action on women's cries and forgot about men. This bias affected some men until they decided to move from that country.

    We need to break this bias because men will not get equal support as women. Like here in Kenya, there is an organization called "FIDA" which stands for "Federation of women lawyers". It's a women's rights movement in Kenya that promotes women's individual and collective power to claim their rights in all spheres of life but there is no such organization that supports men's rights in Kenya. Here in Kenya, men don't get support most of the time. We can break this bias by; giving equal support to men and women and listening to men and women's cries and treating them equally.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    28 Mar 2022

    Today, I am going to talk about gender inequality in school. This is one of the places in which gender bias may take place without parents noticing or even teachers.

    For us to understand inequality or rather bias in school, we must first understand the meaning of gender. When we use the term gender, we mean socially constructed expectations and roles for women and men, for girls and boys. For example, girls and women are expected to demonstrate feminine behavior, and boys and men are expected to act masculine.

    When boys and girls start going to school, they have different interests in subjects. They are normally told to drop some subjects they don't have lots of interest in but again teachers can force students into subjects they don't like.

    When my sister and brother were 12 years, They were taken to the same school to learn. The government had brought in the STEM curriculum which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They would choose either of the courses they liked. My brother went first to choose and chose science and in it was sports science. When it was my sister's turn, she chose mathematics and was given a different course instead. This inequality came up because the teacher expects girls to choose humanities instead of mathematics. It was then reported to the ministry of education Kenya and the teacher was denied his teacher's license.

    We can break this bias by;

    1)Teachers should let boys and girls choose subjects according to their interests. If we let them choose their favorite courses, they will be happy with what they get at the end of the day, and enjoyment in doing their work will be seen making them do the best they can do.

    2) The government should introduce a subject on gender inequality to give students the courage to speak out if they witness gender inequality in school and around. This can make new generations learn about gender inequality and end it all over the world.

    3) Teachers should mind their own business and encourage students more on achieving their goals.

    What other ways can we cab this bias in school? Give me your thoughts.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 29 Mar 2022

      Thank you sharing this example with us. Do you think denying the teacher his license was the right reaction to this, rational_grape?

  • St Michael's Middle School crafty_land | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2022

    I think that cause 10 would be the hardest to stop, changing people's mindset.
    You can make laws about employment, make sure people have the right education rights and give women equal rights but you cannot physically change people's mind. If people do no want to change their mind then they won't. We cannot physically go onto people's mind and change them, the best chance we have at solving this problem is educating people about the problems in our society.

  • St Michael's Middle School independent_clam | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2022

    My top 3 biggest causes of gender inequality are: 1. Uneven access to education. I believe that it is unfair that 1/4 of women between 15-24 will not finish primary school because if girls do not get the same education as boys it is widly unfair. 2. Job Segregation. In most countries, most people believe that some jobs are better fit for men and most of those jobs are better paying therefore women may get a lower income than men. 3. Lack of employment equality. There are only 6 countries in the world that give the same work rights as men. If most places became more fair on gender inequality then it will have a positive effect on other places that are harsh on gender inequality.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      independent_clam's comment 30 Mar 2022

      Excellent use of evidence!

  • St Michael's Middle School balanced_king | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2022

    I think the hardest to prevent is societal mindsets because over years and years people have been telling and teaching society that men are more powerful or inferior to women and girls. it is the way people have been brought up for years and to change the mindset of people that have grown up in surroundings where people believe it is the truth, it must be hard to change this generations thoughts about the situation. While these people have been brought up this way they may then proceed to teach future generations the same maybe just subtly in things they say. Like the saying "running like a girl". Other things children might pick up on are things like jobs that men and women have. Whether that is the jobs that they have or, how much they get paid. This means people pick up on it and continue to think that this is normal or right. meaning their mindset is conditioned to it as well.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      balanced_king's comment 30 Mar 2022

      You've explained your opinion clearly and used examples that help us understand! What are some ways we can start breaking this mindset?

  • St Michael's Middle School inspired_engine | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2022

    I think the three biggest causes are
    1) Lack of education for women
    I think this is one of the most important causes. if you cant read or write you can speech up about the problems and cant get the world to hear their voice and know their story.
    2) Lack of political representation.
    This is so important because the younger generation of girls have grown up saying you can be a teacher or a nurse , and boys are being told you can be prime minister or the president. So I think more women in parliament would show that women can do everything and man can do.
    3) poor medical care
    I have no idea why women get denied medial rights because they were born a women that is awful and unfair .

  • St Michael's Middle School amusing_attitude | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2022

    I think that the hardest problem to stop is the racism one because it is a combination of gender inequality and racism which means we would have to get past the both of the problems which would make it very hard but these problems are needing a solution and I think if we could solve the problem of racism then it would benefit so many people especially the women who are suffering from both gender inequality and racism which then would make it even harder for them to get well paid jobs or even just jobs and other things that they Should have a right the things like this but I also think that most of the problems fit together so that if we could solve one then maybe it would be easier to solve the rest.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      amusing_attitude's comment 30 Mar 2022

      What you're describing is called intersectionality. This means that people may deal with multiple reasons for being marginalised. You've pointed out both race and gender for example.

  • British Council.jpg super_writer | Beitsurik Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 Apr 2022

    What causes gender inequality?
    First: the unequal access to education, as the male’s parents make him complete his studies at the university and start working to form his married life after work. As for the female’s parents, they do not make her complete all her studies for the university and start her work, but they say that this female is at some age, like (eighteen) marriage From a person and her marital life began.
    Second, inequality at work
    Because in the workplace they hire males but not females, and because in some workplaces when they hire a female, they do not give her her full rights to work and give the male his full rights, and because in the workplace they give high salaries to males and give females low salaries.
    Third, the lack of legal protection
    Because this non-existent law led to a lot of violence of all kinds for females at home or abroad, and the lack of this law led to a rise in violence and harassment of women, as the harassed and violent person corrected not to fear when he did one of these things.

  • British Council.jpg enchanted_mandarin | Makini Academy | Kenya
    14 May 2022

    Have you ever been involved in gender inequality or been a victim of it? In most urban areas, gender inequality is very common. Some of the countries suffering from it are the United States, Lebanon, and Nigeria. One of the reasons by which it is practiced is because of cultural reasons.

    Where there is gender inequality, what are the negative acts or things that happen? How can we stop them? I'll go first. For example, a girl who doesn't school due to frequent infections. Her parents refuse to take her to hospitals because they believe that if they pray for her, God will heal her. I do know that we should pray to God for good health but common things like visiting a doctor should also be done to sustain a good condition. Because she does not attend her lessons, she lacks behind in her studies. However, her brothers are allowed to go to school and have access to proper medication. She should be given proper treatment for her to be able to learn in school with other children for a bright future. The effect of gender inequality here is poor health

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    15 May 2022

    This is linked to a news story I have ever watched on television. In the northern counties of Kenya, gender inequality has been elusive for reasons such as religion and culture compounded by the patriarchal nature of the communities. I know you might be wondering, what is something patriarchal? well, it is removed from the word patriarchy and means a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. It is also removed from another Latin American word pater which means father. Gender equality has been achieved in the government but the counties in Kenya are still lagging in terms of gender equality. They want to introduce the third gender rule in cultures so that equality can be made.

    The link is:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzPy5f8iyo4

    #BreakTheBias

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    09 Jun 2022

    Today, around noon, I was whistling and that's when my mother told me something fascinating. I will explain it ins steps. In Kenya, there are many language groups with different beliefs. Nilotes, specifically Luos (River-lake Nilotes) have a strange belief that I am still trying to get the answer to. There was this Patriarchal belief that women are not supposed to pocket around a man who is older than her or whistle but again women no matter how old they are were still not allowed to whistle even to a young man's eyes of pocket if they had pockets. They were not allowed because pocketing and whistling was a way of showing authority and the only thing they knew was patriarchy which is bad for women and children since it shows that they don't even have the power to give ideas idea. If Martriachy was there too then it would still be corrupted with social inequalities in different areas. Patriarchy is a system of society or government ruled by a woman or women while patriarchy is a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. These are both things that cause gender inequality and therefore one should not think that if women feel they have all the power and men have all the power then they will feel the same, well no, because they will fight to see who is the overall best between them both.

    Has this happened to your language group or any other that you know in our country?
    How can this affect society's growth in terms of sharing of ideas?
    Is matriarchy the most common or is it patriarchy? Why?

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