Gender equality

Gender equality

"The concept of gender equality means that all human beings have the right to develop their abilities freely and to choose from options without being limited by gender roles. The different behaviors, aspirations and needs of women and men are recognized, valued, taken into account and promoted in the same way. "(European Glossary" 100 words for equality ", European Commission 1998)" to the place of their birth, but people are free to use their abilities and the favorable opportunities that are offered; to achieve the way of life that is most desirable for them ". (Mill, J. S .: Women's Servitude, p. 29) Gender equality means equal presence, equal status (empowerment) and equal participation of both sexes in all areas of public and private life. Gender equality is the opposite of gender inequality.

Arguments in favor of gender equality:
# human rights (equal treatment, right to equal share of resources)
# justice democracy
# balanced politics and social development
# enrichment of free competition and competition
# increase the quality of life
# greater freedom of choice and decision-making
# broadening life perspectives

Gender justice: the belief that inequality of opportunity and unequal treatment, based solely on gender, is incorrect and unfair. GM is a strategy to encourage actors to focus on gender equality in their actions. The concept of gender justice includes three "spheres of justice":
1) the sphere of membership, political participation (membership): equal participation and representation of women and men in all official institutions, equal distribution of power and influence between men and women,
2) the sphere of share of material resources, satisfaction of needs (welfare, needs): equal opportunities for men and women - economic independence, as well as equal opportunities to develop their personal ambitions, interests and talents,
3) the sphere of institutions and the position in it (office): equal opportunities for career and employment development, equal access of girls and boys as well as women and men to education, equal responsibility for children and household in family life

Positive gender discrimination basically favors certain groups of otherwise disadvantaged citizens, so it is the exact opposite of negative, restrictive gender discrimination. We could also describe the concept of positive discrimination as favoring the discriminated or favoring the disadvantaged. It is associated with an effort to compensate them for their disadvantage. A more accurate term than positive discrimination is compensatory action. As arguments in favor of positive discrimination, Bobek cites the correction of previous wrongs, the redistribution of goods, greater social cohesion (which also contributes to easing social tensions). "The correction of previous wrongs follows a redistribution on the group scale; today's disadvantage of one group, for example blacks, is the result of the group's past exploitation. The argument against this is that this measure is based on some collective historical guilt. … On the other hand, it should not be overlooked that the consequences of this action still persist: even the current innocent descendant benefits from structural inequality, from a better starting position, which he did not deserve. ”(Bobek).

If positive gender discrimination is to be important for the present and the future, which happens in favor of mothers, women, programs for socially maladapted groups, the interest of the minority also becomes important for the majority, which can expect profit from these measures in the future. (U.S. Supreme Court Gruttler v Bollinger, 2003).

By a method which according to § 8 par. 8 of the Anti-Discrimination Act ensures the purpose of this standard, there are special compensatory measures. The question whether such compensatory measures are to be regarded as positive measures incorporating techniques generally known in the elimination of the consequences of discrimination caused by objective circumstances or facts must be answered in the affirmative. Such measures may only aim to eliminate the consequences of previous discrimination and unequal opportunities in achieving the same result. It follows that special compensatory measures must be understood as favoring a group of persons, with particular regard to their previous disadvantage, which prevented them from having equal access to opportunities in practice. At the same time, such measures complement the effects of the principle of equal treatment, which would not in itself be sufficient for disabled groups of people to ensure equal access to opportunities, which cannot, however, mean equality of the results of such access. (CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE SR, 2005).

Debrecenis states the following about positive discrimination: “Positive approach - that is, measures that would allow certain benefits to be provided to members of the groups as compensation for the disadvantages that these individuals have suffered or are undergoing. The aim of using positive action measures is to achieve greater equality in real life. Positive action can take various forms in practice. These may be, for example, programs for less developed areas or parts of cities with high unemployment, where mostly members of racial or ethnic groups live, or educational programs aimed exclusively at women and aimed at increasing their training and employment opportunities. Positive action measures can also be the so-called quotas - ie the determination of a certain exact number of places that, for example, must be filled by members of a disadvantaged group when they are admitted to study or employment. Setting quotas or the obligation to give preference to candidates in certain groups, who would not normally be selected to fill a position under normal competitive conditions, is the most significant and at the same time the most controversial form of positive action. Sometimes it is also called positive discrimination. ”Compensatory measures are in place because they compensate for inequality in the starting position. This will allow naturally disadvantaged groups to be balanced at the outset, and it is up to individuals to take advantage of this opportunity in a particular situation. We believe that positive discrimination undoubtedly has an meaning that cannot be overlooked and that the legislator should approach it sensitively and choose the appropriate means, as it can be a disincentive for the majority. It should also be based on some sociological analysis and prognosis in order to have the effects it intends at all in the future.

In connection with negative discrimination, we consider it necessary to state that under this term is hidden prohibited discrimination. This is discrimination on the grounds of language, race, national minority, political and other opinion, social origin, property, gender, membership of political parties, associations, trade unions, marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, age, race or ethnic origin. Ultimately, it constitutes a discriminatory disadvantage. (Anti - Discrimination Act).

The terminology of gender issues in Slovakia is not yet stable. Many terms only come from translations from foreign languages, which means that many times their true meaning is not preserved and translation is impossible. For this reason, English terms appear in Slovak gender terminology. But gender terminology is not just a language issue. Terminological misunderstandings in practice are much more serious.

The key term we use is gender and for this reason it is important to distinguish it from sex. Gender is not closely related to gender. Gender is a learned, culturally accepted way of behaving. It is passed on through social learning from generation to generation. It defines the position of women and men in society, which is assigned to it the social roles that are expected by society. “Gender should not be understood only as a cultural record of a certain meaning in a predetermined gender; the term gender must also refer to the apparatus itself by which the sexes are established. Gender is also a discursive / cultural means by which sex nature or the natural sex is produced and established as pre-discursive, that is, one that was more like culture, it is established as a politically neutral surface on which culture takes place. ”(Butler, 2003, p. 23)."While the term gender refers to the biological status of women and men, starting with differences in genital and reproductive dispositions, but also physiological and morphological differences, the term gender refers to social differences between men and women that are not innate but change over time. and space. ”(Macháček L., 2006, p. 21) "Gender is sometimes understood as a category expressing certain characteristics of real human beings or the relationships in which these beings find themselves, resp. which they create. such an understanding of the "gender", typical of the earlier stage of feminist debates, can indeed lead to universalism and essentialism. In the last decade, however, the second level comes to the fore, in which the "gender" operates as a theoretical tool for expressing our (historically and culturally specific) ideas about human beings as women and men and our understanding of what it means to be a woman, resp. man. ”(Szapuová, M., 1998, p. 37).

The gender mainstreaming strategy consists in reorganizing, improving, developing and evaluating decision-making processes in all areas of policy and work of the organization. The aim of gender mainstreaming is to involve a gender-specific perspective in all decision-making processes and to use each decision-making process in favor of achieving gender equality.

Gender role is a set of expected norms and regulations that are attributed to men and women and are acquired in the process of socialization. These expected standards and regulations are gender-specific and thus determine the nature of the individual's role in society. It is important to mention the concept of gender role. (Jozef Výrost and Imrich Ruisel, 2000). Men are breadwinners, independent and oriented towards a professional career.
During socialization, we adopt behaviors that are acceptable and expected in our culture and society for our gender. We demarcate ourselves from members of the opposite sex and at the same time we learn to be members of our assigned gender. Thus, we can state that through socialization, women's and men's identities are also created (Giddens, 2001, p. 543).
, i.e. they repeatedly affirm and strengthen the unequal distribution of power between men and women in a given culture ”(Bačová, Mikulášová, 2000, p. 99).

In every culture, there are sets of standards, patterns, expectations, and how individuals should behave. Every society strives to pass on these values, norms and expectations to the younger generations through a process of socialization. Gender socialization is a lifelong process in which individuals learn certain norms, expectations that are related to an individual's gender and gender role. Thus, we can say that in the process of gender socialization, the usual images of individual genders, their roles and relations between these genders are inherited. Individuals are exposed to gender patterns from an early age and are the first to realize the division into men and women. It is important to realize that gender socialization takes place on two levels within generational relationships:
o intergenerational plane
o intergenerational plane

At the intergenerational level, gender socialization takes place between two different generations. Gender socialization at the intragenerational level takes place within the same generation. The influence of the intragenerational level is more pronounced, because the opinion and evaluation of peers also has a great influence on the gender-differentiated behavior of boys and girls. (Archer J., 2000).

Gender identity is closely linked to the gender role. However, while gender role is a set of cultural expectations, gender identity is an internal part of them. Gender identity also develops in a specific cultural and socio-historical context (Bačová, 1997, p. 212). We can also understand it as a construction in which we also participate, not only the pressure of socialization (Kiczková, 2000, p. 6).

Gender stereotypes are the simplistic, unrealistic images of "masculinity" and "femininity", the idealized patterns and expectations that accompany us in all walks of life. We consider these images of "masculinity" and "femininity" to be "natural" and therefore unchanging, even though they are a product of society. An example of gender stereotypes may be the division of human characteristics into typically "male" and "female". These qualities are associated with the male and female roles, and many people consider them natural and unchanging. According to J. Prevendárová (2000, p. 71), male qualities include ambition, leadership spirit, analytical thinking, independence, and female qualities include tenderness, care, compassion, and the art of pleasing others. He believes that in the past, the sex of the child was not taken into account in the upbringing, and therefore "... today more than one woman and man walk around the world!". (ibid., p. 31)

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