Gender Equality : The Equal Rights, Responsibilities, Opportunities, And Services Within The Family And Society

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“Gender equality has been explained as both the equal treatment of women and men before the law and women 's and men 's equal usage of resources, opportunities, and services within the family and society” (Kalayci & Hayirsever, 2014).
In its most broad definition gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys. Gender equality implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both, women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity of different groups, women and men. However different activist groups have their own specific definitions, each with the same core values. They can be more simply defined as any situation in which one person is "treated less favourably" than another on the basis of gender (Callanan, & Heslin, 2001).
Gender equality is both, a human rights principle and a precondition for sustainable, people-centred development (Medical Women 's International Association, 2002). The World Health Organisation defines gender equity as "fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women and men", and indeed the term gender equity seems often juxtaposed to social justice. In general, one receives the impression that while gender equality is used to refer to the overarching canopy of equal rights and opportunities, together with corresponding lack of gender discrimination in all spheres of human activity, gender equity has a more narrow…

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