Gender Equality, Ways to achieve Gender Equality

len Alfred Ajibola - Fri, 25th January, 2019 @ 02:26

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Academic Questions in Government

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The absence of government in a country or state is referred to as _____.

  • A. chaos
  • B. doom
  • C. oligarchy
  • D. autocracy
  • E. anarchy
  • F. meritocracy

The definition of democracy as "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" is a concept of _____.

  • A. John F. Kennedy
  • B. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • C. Aristotle
  • D. George W. Bush
  • E. Kamala Harris
  • F. Abraham Lincoln

A form of government where the wealthy rule the people is known as _____.

  • A. plutocracy
  • B. timocracy
  • C. technocracy
  • D. meritocracy
  • E. richocracy
  • F. autocracy

Which of the following countries isn't a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union (USSR)?

  • A. Malta
  • B. Latvia
  • C. Moldova
  • D. Estonia
  • E. Georgia
  • F. Uzbekistan

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What is Gender Equality?

If men and women enjoyed the same rights, same freedom, same opportunities, same resources and same rewards in all sectors of society, then that's gender equality.

Gender equity is the wheel that leads to sexual equality. For now, think of sexual equality as a "level playing ground" for both males and females.

Gender equality is the process of being fair to humans; both males and females

In a society where gender equality is in full existence, girls and women can go ahead and achieve their dreams because they know they have equal chances, rights and privileges.

Please read on Fundamental Human Rights here

Ways to achieve Gender Equality

Below are some ways to achieve Gender Equality in our lifetime:

1. Education of the girl child

In some rural areas, majority of the uneducated parents are of the opinion that education isn't important for the girl child. Such parents will often say:

  • After all, she will eventually end up as a house wife (or in the kitchen).

The statement in the above paragraph is vague and fallacious. It is not true. Who says a woman cannot be the CEO of a company? In fact, It was a woman named Mary Slessor that stopped the killing of twins in Calabar, Nigeria. She also promoted education during her time there.

Note: As at the point of writing this article, Calabar happens to be the cleanest and one of the most beautiful states in Nigeria.

Please read on Mary Slessor, the woman who stopped the killing of twins in Calabar.

When a girl child is educated, she is more likely to ensure that all her children receive education.

It is very important to invest in a girl’s education because this singular act can transform a Nation.

Please read on the Illiteracy and its Causes here.

In addition, the children of educated mothers are less likely to die before they are born. This is true because such educated women are well aware of HIV and AIDS; thus are are less likely to contact it. They also understand the importance of immunization.

Please read on Immunization here.

Note: Education of the girl child is the best way to end early child marriage.


2. Encouraging women to go into power

If you take a count on the number of women in government, you will discover that they are always fewer than the men. As an instance, you may wish to count the number of women that make up the legislators (law makers) in your country.

Please read on the Concept of Government here.

Similarly, many countries are yet to have a woman as president. An instance is Nigeria whom from her time of amalgamation (1914) is yet to have a female president to this moment (2019).

We all (men, women, boys and girls) need to encourage, support and motivate women to actively participate in politics. Women must start helping women; men must start encouraging woman and above all,the woman must also encourage herself.

Please read on Cooperation and Factors that Promote Cooperation here.

I personally believe that if all women can work together, they will achieve this goal (since they account for the majority of populace); that is, women are more than men in terms of population.

With regards to knowledge, some women are very knowledgeable and intelligent. The media, internet and education are tools that the women can use to their advantage.

You can read on the Leadership Qualities of Joseph that has transformed Lives here.

Getting a woman towards becoming a leader is fundamental to further empowering other women and girls; even if it is at the level of her community.


3. Putting a stop to sexual harassment and child marriage

Child marriage had been existing for a long time; and is still in existence to this day. Personally, I consider it to be one of the biggest drawbacks to a girls’ education.

Please read on Marriage and Forms of Marriage here.

In a child marriage, The man is usually much older (some of whom could be over 40 years) while the unwilling girl is usually below 18.

Unfortunately, this compelling marriage may take a formal or informal union by the parties involved. Although the young girl is usually not ready, she admits into it because she is persuaded or compelled by her parents.

Note: Any sexual advances (or requests for sexual favors) that isn't welcomed by a woman is considered a sexual harassment. Also, when a woman is intimidated, threatened, abused and beaten, such is likewise considered as sexual harassment.

Please read on Reputation here.

We have seen and heard stories on women and girls who were forced to meet certain sexual conditions before they could get a job. Similarly, some young girls may even be scared to walk alone on some streets for the fear of being sexually harassed.

To put an end to teenage marriage, Education is the key.

Please read on the Consequences and Solutions to Illiteracy here.

If we want our young girls to succeed in education, we must put an end child marriage and sexual harassment. To this end, it is highly encouraged that the government of a Nation passes a bill into Law in order to put and end to this unjust act of child marriage.

Please read more on the Constitution here.


4. Women and Girls Empowerment

It is everybody's duty to support a woman or girl in crisis. Millions of girls and women have been subjected to abuse, sexual harassment, child marriage, child labor and trafficking. The government must create policies that will enable women do decent jobs in order to stop the aforementioned human right violations.

Please read on the Harmful Traditional Practices in Nigeria here.

When a woman is empowered, she empowers her family in return. To this end, flexible loans should be made available to women in order to start up small businesses.

We should always appreciate every woman that had contributed positively into our lives. In this way we will encourage them to do more; and as a result, more women are empowered in return.

Please read on the Responsibilities, Duties and Obligations of a Citizen here.

Note: Non Governmental organizations (NGOs) should be created for this very purpose; that is, the woman and girl child empowerment.

Importantly, if all women and girls are well empowered, crimes like prostitution and human trafficking will become a thing of the past.

Please read on the Low Self-esteem and its Characteristics here.


5. Let's stop the war and violence

Whenever there is violence or war, it is the women that often receive the biggest blows of its aftermath. Those who survive will have to live with these terrifying memories that may come in the form of rape or death of their newly born.

Some women have been manipulated into participating in suicide bombing attacks. Also, pregnant mothers have been killed by these bombings, violence and wars. Many women have been made widows while some children are compelled to live as orphans.

You can read on Our Responses to Suffering and the Beauty of Suffering here.

In addition, many women had suffered silently because they are scared of stigmatization. They are left alone to fend for themselves and their children after the times of war.

Apparently, some women living with their husband are constantly beaten and maltreated. We need to speak up, protect them and start taking legal actions in order to stop the violence against women.

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Amazing facts in Government


Anarchy is one of the forms of government. Ironically, it is the absence of government in a society, country or state.

An instance of anarchy occurred in Somalia in 1991 after a dictator name Said Barre was overthrown. This made Somalia disintegrate into fractions with local warlords imposing their authority over their land/area.

Other forms of government includes:

  1. Oligarchy
  2. Colonialism
  3. Monarchy
  4. Communism
  5. Federalism
  6. Dictatorship
  7. Democracy
  8. Meritocracy
  9. Autocracy
  10. Aristocracy 

Please read on the various forms of government here

Democracy is a form of government where the power of choosing a leader is vested on the people. It represents a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

According to Abrahim Lincoln,

Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people.

In democracy, the citizens have the rights to vote and be voted for. The citizens are mandated to choose their preferred candidate by voting for them through their political party. In fact, this voting process is considered as one of the civic responsibility of every citizen.

Please read on the fundamental Human Rights here.

NOTE: No one is above the rule of law in the democratic system. If the election outcome does not reflect the mandate of the people, a court of competent jurisdiction can nullify such election.

Democracy is practiced in countries like Nigeria, United States of America, India and South Africa.