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OlyaR
Con (against)
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Debate_and_conquer
Pro (for)

Gender equality

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Started: 4/17/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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OlyaR

Con

Nowadays, the term gender equality is widely used, but I think that sometimes people can mixed it up with the term equality of rights. In my opinion, gender equality is one of the most important aspects of life, where women and men receive equal opportunities and responsibilities in various spheres of life. Can we achieve gender equality in our everyday life? Let"s try to puzzle it out.
First of all, let"s analyze the description of gender equality, men and women should have equal opportunities and responsibilities in various spheres of life. If we take into consideration the gender equality in the family. Modern families refer to this question with loyalty. We can"t observe such families now, where women are only sitting at home and taking care about children and men are working and have the role of breadwinner; women try to have upper positions in the society and have better perspectives in their life. I think, that here it is more suitable to use the term equality of rights, instead gender equality. It makes sense, that there will be the definite responsibilities in the family, with which men or women can better cope with.
If we speak about gender equality in the workspace, that is the most vexed problem in our society. On the one hand, according to stereotypes, referring to women and men, many employers don"t want to pay the equal salary for the equal job. And in many cases women get lower salary, in comparison to men. On the other hand, the legislation of some countries can"t afford big salaries for women. And here we once again can observe the situation with the question about equality of rights.
To sum up, I would like to say that I can"t sure that we can achieve gender equality, because men and women, essentially, are different by nature. They can"t be equal in gender. And if we speak equality, I think that it is more suitable to use the term equality of rights between men and women.
Debate_and_conquer

Pro

Gender is defined in the oxford dictionary as the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). Biologically, of course gender equality is not possible until science progresses to a point were we can change the genetic structure of human beings, then we can make everyone as strong or smart as everyone else. You said that you " can"t be sure that we can achieve gender equality",. That might be true, we might never acheive gender equality so why don't we just give up now? Let women be payed 30% less than men for the same job ! NO! We can't give up because something seems too hard or too far away, we can't fix gender inequalities all over the world by snapping our fingers! As F. Scott. Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby "no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther" We need to run faster and stretch out our arms, we need to try and improve litle by little the gap between men and women. In most european countries, it used to be acceptable to have multiple wives but little by little, society changes and now it is illegal. However, polygamy is still legal in LEDCs such as India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria and Sri Lanka, these societies have not yet adapted their societies to fully respect women. Neither have MEDC societies, America elected a president who demeans women and shows them close to no respect. The world is inequal on almost every aspect, gender inequality is no exception, this is not a "rich country" problem nor a "poor country" problem but it is somehting that people fight for and will not give up on. This is a global issue that crosses borders and time. All through history, women have been considered inferior to men, starting in antiquity. Women were locked in a room their entire lives and had very little to do, this perisited untile the middle ages. Women could now walk outside freely but their activities remained confined to household tasks which continued until September 19th, 1893 when women finally got the right to vote for the first time, in New Zealand. I think every woman, and man, today is glad that society evolved from locking women up in a room to locking them up for hysteria in victorian times to the society we have today. It's an impovement, a huge one, but it's still not perfect and we have to fight for everyone to be equal in rights, in the same country but also all over the world. Otherwise we might as well say that "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" and give up now.
Debate Round No. 1
OlyaR

Con

First of all, there are many things in which women have advantages that men don't get. And we also can say this about men. We still have major difference in physical and emotional. We can't have equality until we all are literally equal. We have the same face, same way of thinking. Until then, the differences are inevitable. Evolution forbids genders to be equal. Furthermore, some may say they like both equally, but equality requires all of the population to be achieved.

Secondly, I should add that equality is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. And here, there is a continuation meaning equal " especially in status rights and opportunities. It is about everyone being given the same opportunities, rights and obligations despite their differences.

Taking everything into consideration, I insist on that point, that women and men can"t be equal by gender, but they can have equal rights and opportunities in every sphere of life.
Debate_and_conquer

Pro

Gender equality is not about genders being the same but about both being treated the same way. It is about genders being equal, having equal rights and opportunities, as you have said, despite physicall differences.

However, in many countries this is not the case. Women, the female gender, do not have the right to choose their husbands in Saudi Arabia or Sudan, these may be extreme cases but they nevertheless exist and so this world has not yet acheived gender equality. Some MEDCs are very close but they to mark a difference between men and women.

Women are not given the same responsibilities as men. Women are not offered high position jobs even if they are more qualified. 37.1% of young women are expected to go to university compared to only 27.3% of young men, still only 6.4% of CEOs are women! Being the head of a company does not require anything physically that men have more than women yet there is no equality here.
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