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Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Baishakh 27, 1423 BS, Shaban 2, 1437 Hijri


Equality does not mean equity
Today, women constitute a great proportion of the workforce in different countries. So women?s participation is increasing but in gradual manner. To achieve mainstream standard in gender balancing, both men and women have to demand gender equity in joint venture, otherwise things cannot be changed.
Published :Tuesday, 10 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 26
M Mehrab Hossain
A significant impediment to the concept of development is 'gender inequality' which requires immediate end, because it is a psychological gap rather than structural one. Actually development is no longer possible without gender equity. So we have to do something better and great that couldn't be done before.
From an economic viewpoint, gender discrimination is also a major barrier to the growth as it prevents countries from reaching their maximum potential productivity. Although women constitute 40% of the global work force, there are still many who are unpaid as household workers in the informal sectors.
At present time, we are noticing about balance participation in different sectors considering past decades. So trends are going to change. It is true that the trends have been being practised from the feminist movement in the late 19th century, but total equity hasn't been achieved yet. For example, today the salaries of women are around 20% less than those of men. In this time, we have to reshape our thinking about gender discrimination. To increase the participation of women we should focus on psychological betterment. The gender equity needs psycho-therapy to address the gulf between men and women.
Today, women constitute a great proportion of the workforce in different countries. So women?s participation is increasing but in gradual manner. To achieve mainstream standard in gender balancing, both men and women have to demand gender equity in joint venture, otherwise things cannot be changed.
But problem is that this concept is confined to only one single word 'equality'. Here is one certain gap between the demand of equality in every sphere and our social constructions. Equality doesn't mean only equity, because it is not possible in terms of biological differences. Actually equality is not always equal.
We have to focus on fabricating gender equity not equality. In daily life, we do as certain many things which, on a deeper meaning, are actually a great amount of thoughts that enable us to know about contextual reality that we really may believe. In the search of certainty, we are always emphasis on pre-existing and existing knowledge about gender equity that is very much problematic, because the knowledge domain is male centric. Actually it is paradoxical aspect. So we need to change in our value judgment.
However, humanity is required for both men and women equally. We are equally important and need one another. So why have the women been viewed as less than equal? These old tendencies are bound us to narrow shape of thinking. We have to learn and teach our next generations the importance of 'equity' and respect so that gender equity becomes a natural way of life. As well as we have to teach our girls so that they can achieve what they want as high as humanly possible.
Men and woman are similarly essential and form an outstanding combination for the society and for a country. Both are equally depended on one another. The relation between writer and publisher is similar to men and women, the writer stays inside while the publisher outside. In that way, a writing gets proper meaning and implications. So women are a writer of a men's life.
The creation of national power is fully dependent on the performance of both men and women. So we have to care about the 'care'or 'reproductive' economy. The care economy is important indication to illustrate the key idea about gender discrimination where a female contributes to do some indispensable work including domestic cooking, cleaning, nursing baby, household activities, informal health provision that maintains the labor force and nurtures the young which is not included in GDP calculation that's why government is very much reluctant to give budget regarding this sector.
Problem in structural level can be solved by taking substantive measures, but problem in individual psychology of both men and women is a significant reason to create a vast vacuum between men and women, that is inheriting from our cultural practice. In this regard, we have to work based on priority to solve this long existing problem. So in 2016, our slogan would be Act for Equity.

The writer is a student of the Department of International Relation at Dhaka University








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