Imagine a world where men aspire tobe exceptional leaders of their country, but the downside is that no matter howhard they work women will always make more money than them for doing the exactsame jobs. They continually have to explain to women that they aren’t attractedto them but their response isn’t appreciated and often leads to physical orsexual assault, and even if they use their voices to speak out against inequalityand sexual abuse they are still seen as weak in society. Now, imagine thateverything I said does happen in reality, but to women instead. This is theworld we are living in right now. Gender inequality is the judgementthat women and men are not equal, it is also one of the major problems womenface in modern society.
Gender inequality in the work place is still a matterof concern and although women are achieving much more than the years before, theissue of inequality in the work place still remains a problem. Numerous studiesfrom OECD, AAUW, and the US Department of Labour have discovered that pay ratesbetween males and females ranged from 5%-6.6%. This appalling statistic clearlydemonstrates that women definitely earn less than their male counterparts.
Isit really too much to ask for the same pay as your male co-worker?Women make up an astonishing 70% ofthe world’s working hours yet they only earn half of what men earn. This has aknock on effect to the women in developing world countries as it can lead toserious poverty which then leads to young girls getting married to men twicetheir age just so there is one less mouth to feed, there is also a financialpoint to this because of dowry and bride price traditions. As a result of thisthe child’s rights are being violated, how can we be so cruel to ignore thefact that a young girl is being robbed from her childhood.Rape culture was the term created byfeminists in the United States in the 70s. The aim of the word was to show themany ways in which society and the media blamed the victims of sexual violence andnormalised male sexual assault.
Rape culture includes jokes, words, imagery andmany more, that make sexual harassment and violence towards and against womenseem so normal. Actions commonly related with rape culture includevictim-blaming, slut-shaming, refusing to acknowledge the harm caused by someforms of sexual violence etc. Majority of sexual assault victims are under 30with 15% aged 12-17, 54% aged 18-34, 28% aged 35-64 and 3% aged 65+. Thisstatistic is staggering as it shows that victims of sexual assault are of anyage, with the under 30s being more vulnerable.
Sexual violence cannot only harmsomeone physically but it can also affect them emotionally and psychologically.13% of women who are raped attempt suicide and approximately 70% of rape andsexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, this percentageis larger than for any other crime. These appalling statistics show us how rapeculture can affect people mentally and as a result woman can developdepression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and eating and sleeping disorders.The mental health of our female population is at risk due to this.
Sexual and reproductive rights arealso one of the main reasons why we need feminism. Sexual and reproductiverights mean you should be able to make your own decisions about your body withoutbeing looked down upon. Some sexual and reproductive rights are: To get accessto sexual and reproductive health services (including contraception), Chooseif, when and who to marry, to decide if you want children and how many. Theyalso mean women’s lives should be free from all sorts of sexual violence,including rape, forced abortion and pregnancy etc. 47,000 pregnant women dieeach year because of complications from unsafe abortions and more than 14million teenage girls give birth each year mostly because of rape and unwantedpregnancy.
These statistics are shocking; we can see the lives of so many youngwomen being destroyed because of these vile actions. Although some simple humanrights could lower the death rate of pregnant women that have complications dueto unsafe abortions and help young girls get their lives back on track afterpregnancy. So, what are we waiting for?In conclusion, women till this daystill need feminism. We still need feminism because although so many women feellike they get equal opportunities as men they still get paid less. We stillneed feminism because when women are sexually assaulted they feel mortified andembarrassed.
We still need feminism because women in developing world countriesare struggling and need feminism to help them. We still need feminism becausethe safety of women and young girls is at stake due to pregnancies, abortionand rape. We all need feminism, not because we think we are better than men butbecause we are humans.