Gender Equality Is a Myth

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International NGO Journal Vol. 2 (1), pp. 001-005, January 2007 Available online at http:// © 2007 Academic Journals Article Dispelling the misconceptions and myths about gender Dumisani Nyalunga Corresponding author’s E-mail: Accepted 04 January 4, 2007 Prelude This paper seeks to clarify the meaning of the terms that are associated with gender, and equally so to unpack the concept of gender itself and elucidate the fact that gender is not tantamount to women and that it does not exclusively cater for women issues and concerns but that of men as well. It is therefore the principal objective of this essay to demystify the ill informed perceptions and misconceptions that seem to…show more content…
It relates to equal treatment, opportunities, right of women and men and girls and boys. Equality means therefore that ‘women and men have equal conditions for realizing their full human rights and for contributing to, and benefiting from, economic, social, cultural and political development’ (ILO, 2000). In South Africa, gender equality is used as a strategic vehicle to eradicate the ills of the past. Furthermore, the principles of equality are being used at all spheres of government to inform and guide policy development, service delivery and political representation. It should be borne in mind that equality is not strictly confined to women. It is therefore not a women’s issue but in principle should concern and engage men and women alike. Equality does not mean that women and men will eventually become the same, but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Equality denotes that ‘the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration. It is based on women and men being full partners in their 5 home, their community and their society’ . According to 6 Joyce Piliso-Seroke , “gender equality starts at home. It is how we as parents promote gender equality that matters”. What is gender equity? Gender Equity means “fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs which includes equal treatment or treatment
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