The Canadian Border Services Agency

852 WordsOct 6, 20144 Pages
In today’s society, both male and female are expected to play specific gender roles. In Canada women and men are thought of as equal, having the same rights to respect, autonomy, and independence (Bonvillain and Miller 2013: 39). The Canadian Border Services Agency ignored this right when the agency allowed religious travelers to avoid female guards. Although men and women may have different roles in their households and communities, their work and activities are equally valued and socially rewarded (Bonvillain and Miller 2013: 39). These roles play an important part in shaping the way individuals think about others in society. The CBSA should not have approved the request of the religious travelers as it devalued the female guards rights by promoting gender inequality and male dominance. The approval of the males request raises the gender issue of gender inequality. Specifically because of their gender, the female guards could not perform their regular duties as a CBSA officer. Women and men should be thought of as equal by having the same rights to respect, autonomy, and independence (Bonvillain and Miller 2013: 39). In certain societies, women are targeted as weak and unable to fulfill certain male positions. It is argued by Bonvillain and Miller on page 41 …“that other tasks assigned to men and women may not be considered equivalent or equally valuable “. The five males did not take the female guards’ occupation seriously as they felt the males would perform the job
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