Gender inequality in developing countries As long as women face violence and discrimination

Gender inequality in developing countries
As long as women face violence and discrimination, our efforts to eradicate poverty, achieve equality and advance human rights and democracy will not succeed. Although we live in the 21st-century gender inequality and discrimination still remains. While rights for both men and women have been fixed there is still inequality in some countries especially developing ones.
The most well known problem with gender inequality in developing countries is the lack of education women or girls get. But why exactly does this problem occur? Firstly, gender norms. Usually, girls in developing nations are often kept home to help their mother with chores, look after their little sibling and do the dirty work. In developing countries, this is more valued than personal education. Another problem is the cost. Most people living in growing countries suffer from poverty. The cost of uniform, textbooks, and fees might be too much for a poor or even a middle-class family to bear. That is why they chose boys to go to school while girl’s help clean and cook. Not only that but in many parts of the developing world, the distance to school might be over 4 to 5 hours. To top that all off girls may face many dangers and acts of violence on the way to school. Rather than letting your daughter get hurt, you would keep them at home. All in all only about twice as many girls than boys will never start school in their life.
Employment. Most women and girls in the less fortunate countries are often unemployed and are made to do labour work. The main reason is that most women are uneducated and don’t have much knowledge. Without knowledge, women are basically useless in well-paid jobs such as an engineer, doctor or a teacher, that is why they result in labour work such as cooking, cleaning, and construction work. In 2013 it was recorded that the employment to population ratio was 72.2% for men but for women, it was only 41.7%. Sometimes women do have a well-paid job, but still, they are faced with a problem. In our society, today women are paid less whether it’s in Hollywood or in an office but in developing countries, it’s worse. Women in developed countries usually are only paid 23% less than men but in developing countries, they are paid 77% less than men, which is a pretty big difference. The saddest part is that women in those countries work approximately fourteen hours more than men and have less resting periods yet they are still paid less.
Healthcare priorities are different in developing and developed countries. Women in developing countries are often neglected and suffer from a serious lack of healthcare services. Even in countries such as China and India, which hold a lot of the world’s population prefer sons to daughters and don’t provide enough health care for girls. Women and girls suffer from Cancer, Reproductive health, maternal health, HIV, Non-communicable diseases, mental health, Violence against women, Female Genital Mutilation and Water & Sanitation. But unlike men, none of them are treated properly. Women are said to live longer than most men but in emergent nations, that’s not the case. Men are prioritized and praised as they are said to be stronger and can do more than women. Although, women in developing countries do more labour jobs and work more hours than men.
Don’t you think it’s time for us to step up and contribute to raising international awareness about gender equality in developing countries? Luckily a lot of organizations, such as UNICEF, UNIFEM, and Amnesty International, have already started working hard to improve the livelihood of girls and women in the less fortunate countries. I believe that healthcare, employment, and education should be equal for men and women in both developed and developing countries.