Gender discrimination means unequal treatment of genders.There is no denying fact that gender discrimination is at the peak not only in developing countries but also in developed countries. If we have a general look over the world-wide conditions, we come to the result that gender inequality does exist in developed countries as well but the actual discrimination is not visible there.
CONSEQUENCES OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE SOCIETY
By Iffat Yasmeen
Gender discrimination means unequal treatment of genders.There is no denying fact that gender discrimnition is at the peak not only in developing countries but also in developed countries. If we have a general look over the world-wide conditions, we come to the result that gender inequality does exist in developed countries as well but the actual discrimination is not visible there. Pakistan is one of the such countries where discrimination is common and normal. Like other third world countries Pakistan comes one of the worst countries in gender discrimination in every sphere of life. Mostly in asia gender discrimination has become tradition. Gender in equality starts right from the birth of the girl. Boys are always more preffered than girls. Even, the man is thought to be an unluckiest person due to not having son. Women are not only treated as slave but also remain under the control of their men in remote areas. Ordinarily women’s fate is decided by their father, brother and their husband. That is often called patriarchal society where male is dominant over female in every horizon of life.
Women not only face the skewed behavior and attitudes of the people but also get the less opportunities. Even, regarding their sexual abilities they are not able to take decision accordingly. Women are only dedicated to domestic works. Besides that women bear the domestic violence that is affecting not only women’s lives but also grimly leaving a distinctive influence on future generations. This inequality between genders symbolizes substantial social problem in Pakistan as well as throughout the world. Furthermore, gender inequality does not end here if looked at economic horizon, the picture becomes more grim and miserable that there is also less participation of women. In economic front it can be seen that women not only get lower and secondary jobs but also get the less remuneration which is creating a huge gap between genders. However, women work more than men but unfortunately earn less. This discrimination is making situation more dismal. Moreover, there is also totally injustice in political sphere for women. It reflects no good picture for women. Politics is also reserved for men. Due to patriarchal society politics is exclusively considered a men’s field. Reduced opportunities and weaker voice of women in every sphere of life demonstrate that woman is considered as second class citizen, who do not have right to participate in any sphere either it is social, economic or political front.
Gender inequality leads to many problems. For example; it has highly affected population due to discrimination of genders, ratio of girls and boys is becoming unequal and unbalanced. People wish to have son rather than daughters which create the great gap between genders. This situation is becoming worsening day by day especially in Pakistan and it is still in trending which has a many consequences in the shape of poor security, early marriages, violence of women and unequal participation of women in household’s decision-making machinery. Secondly, gender discrimination impacts on education of women which is very important tool for everyone. No matter what the gender is everyone has right to get proper education. Increase in education and empowerment of women can contribute a lot in human development such as child’s survival and grooming, health and schooling. Gender discrimination has remained serious and urgent issue that has given rise to many problems throughout the world.