Human Rights and Inequality

Women in Political Power

What are Human Rights?

Human rights is the freedom for all human beings, to be able to think, decide, act and express ones' own opinions and values despite their heritage, race, gender, age, colour, religion, status, etc... Social inequality defines the unequal opportunities and rights that are determined through these factors. Human Rights and equality are expressed through the opportunities of education, career, health, participation, security, and independence.

Although humans are born with rights, it is not true that males and females are absolutely treated equal in the work field, or in society.

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Gender Inequality

In society, women are expected to act a certain way, and are given numerous stereotypes. It has become a social norm for women to be sexually objectified, while they are given a specific image that they are meant to uphold. They are also believed to be very caring and nurturing, which are useful for jobs that require the needed skills. Yet men are viewed as physically stronger, and for centuries has been culturally viewed as the workers of the family. An example throughout history of how and why society nowadays sees women as inferior to men was evident how in the 1950's, the majority of women stayed at home while the man of the house would go out to work. This time of age taught society to view the "caring, work-at-home females" as inferior to the "hard-working, income earning males".

Women in Parliament

Among 189 countries around the world, only three countries have a population of 50% or greater of females in the Lower, or Single House. Also, only 74 of these countries have women in their Upper House, or Senate, none of which have greater than 50% that are female. In Canada alone, 25.1% of those in the Lower House and 39.6% in Senate are women. ("Women in Parliaments: World Classification"). Gender inequality exists throughout the world among societies in the home, in the workplace, and in media, but what some people may not notice is the lack of women in political power. A lack of women in parliament is an example of injustice, that discourages all girls to think that they are inferior to men, prevents people from gaining different perspectives, experiences, and approaches, and encourages the idea that men are better leaders than females.

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Women may feel Inferior to Men due to a majority of Male Leaders

With a lack of women in political power, females of all ages would feel discouraged and believe that men are more superior. With a majority of males in leadership roles, society would begin to believe that women are not capable of being in charge, taking the lead, or even making proper decisions for the good of the country. In a primary research taken by 27 males, and 23 females, all within the ages of 13 to 20, 83 percent of females notice an unequal amount of females in parliament, while 48 percent of males don't see an inequality. But, the majority of both groups either strongly agree or agree to the idea that with a lack of females in parliament, women would feel inferior to males.
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Lack of Different Perspectives, Approaches and Experiences

When there is a lack of females in leadership roles in a company, or group, etc..., there would not be a demonstrated range of perspectives, disregarding women's point of views. Through the survey of a total of 50 people, again, the majority of females and males either strongly agree or agree that there would be a lack of different perspectives due to a majority of men in parliament. With this unequal amount of men and women in parliament, people would believe that the points of views of males are the most important. Both men and women have different ideas, approaches, and motives, therefore it would be important for the opinions of all people of a country to be taken into consideration.
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So, are Men more Suitable for Leadership Roles than Women?

In society, females are believed to have natural leadership qualities, because mothers can be viewed as just as important to the working male, or even more important. Mothers nowadays have been increasingly getting involved in the workforce as the years passed, starting a shift in social norms. Yet while women have these natural leadership qualities, why is there a lack of women voted into power? There is a clear bias in regards to who is fit to be in leadership roles. 22 percent of the males surveyed disagreed that females have more natural leadership qualities than men, while 63 percent of women believe it is so.
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