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Equality between genders

By Chin Xian Ci, TASS-Russian News Agency

Published: 18 Mar 2019 - 07:04 AM

Women politicians sitting alongside male politicians

Women politicians sitting alongside male politicians

The United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) will be dealing with two topics: Women’s Political Leadership and Representation and Women’s Reproductive Autonomy. Women in the past were expected to remain in the home. Now, there are female politicians who can represent the interests of women. Furthermore, they now have the rights to make their own decisions, to have abortions, to use birth control and many more. But is this the case for women throughout the world? What has been done to further encourage gender equality in politics? What is the future going to be like for women? Throughout the conference, the council will be discussing a few subtopics: Societal Traditions and Gender Norms, Laws and Legislation over Social Stigma, Educational Opportunities for Women, The Portrayal of Women in Mainstream Media, Ethicality and Legality of Abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Birth Control, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Family Planning Education.

Since olden times, women have always been viewed as inferior to men. “Women are weaker than men.” “Only males should be involved in politics.” Why do people still have these types of stereotypical ideas about gender? What happened to gender equality? In this world where changes have been made to promote equality between males and females, females are beginning to get involved with politics. The increase in support for female politicians throughout the years is visible to all, yet there are still many out there that have not changed their mindset about women and men. Women cannot be truly represented until we change the mentalities of the people towards women. When the mentalities of people are changed, the political system will naturally be affected by it. More people will start to support female politicians. Female politicians will have more confidence in themselves and the voices of females will be clearer.

Another belief that people should have is that choices should be made by the person themself. Nobody should take away another person's rights to a decision they have to make. This is only right as the decision affects them. According to the universal declaration of human rights, article 1 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” If people treat one another in a spirit of brotherhood, then no one should be inferior and everyone should be equal. Therefore, everyone should have equal rights in making decisions. However, due to the stereotypes that many about women, men are still viewed as superior to women. This in turn weakens the autonomy of females in decision making. Therefore, most decisions are still made by the male in the family without the opinion of the female. Is this right? Is this fair? Should this be allowed to continue? Nowadays, less of such phenomenon can be seen, but does that mean it is non-existent? The UNCSW will continue to reach towards their goal of in equality between the genders.