Again I want to extend my thinking on gender equality, I think gender equality in a workplace depends on country’s education level, law and order, general people’s view on women and workplace rules and regulation structure. All least developed countries have lacks on above criteria that’s why those countries gender equality situation not good.
Thank you for the post. It would seem likely that all of the factors you identify may indeed contribute to the gender inequality issue. However, as noted in my earlier post, stage of economic development alone does not appear to be the decisive factor.
Hi Saifur and Robert,
Saifur, you make excellent points. I feel like I am uneducated in this area myself, as I am not someone who has travelled to less-developed countries, and understand their economic position.
However, I believe culture has an immense impact on how gender equality is portrayed in countries. How we are treated within our home has a lot to do with how we treat others. At hospital recently with my daughter in the emergency room, there was a clearly drug affected mother abusing her child by hitting him. It was very distressing to watch, the most distressing part of it was that the child did not flinch. I said to my husband that this child had become immune to this treatment.
I cannot imagine how he feels about women, how we will treat his sisters, and how he will treat his wife when he is a man. I believe what happens within the walls of the home has the most impact on gender equality.
Elizabeth Broderick makes a fantastic stance on gender equality in that to truly make transformational change, we must engage both the head and the heart.
I am interested in all of your thoughts on this.
People are creatures of habit. If educated developed countries already have the habit/culture of career building, greed, competitiveness then they are likely to have old gender inequalities. Poor countries also might have inequality for other reasons that give individual a feeling of power. The more we are rewarded with technology and money in western society or whatever gives people the feeling of power, the less likely we are to change how we behave. Education and then informed people changing laws might be the best way to change the culture of gender inequality.
The Dunning-Kruger effect:
is a cognitive bias in which relatively unskilled persons suffer illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than it really is. I would hypothesis this is not only an effect on individuals but also effects individuals perceptions of their country. Real data on gender equality is needed but because of peoples need for power if countries conditions change then the interplay of power and greed will make it very difficult to know which direction gender equality will go in.
Again Education and laws seem to be key. Western society has afirmative action but I do not know how far back they are compared to less developed countries. Western society is setup to improve gender equality but other societies might not have affirmative action laws in place to set them on the right path?