GenderEquality in Canadian Society
GenderEquality in Canadian Society
Themovement of gender equality within the Canadian society has been onthe positive achievement, bringing forth massive realization towardsequality among men and women, however, the extent of the movementisn’t yet finished the movement is unfinished. With reference tothe Canadian case, although gender differencespersistin the division of labor, they are steadily diminishing as a women’sjob attachmenthasincreased, and so too has men’s involvement in housework and childcares (StatisticsCanada, 2006).With the increase immigration into Canada by people from differentcultural background has greatly challenged the movement of genderequality among the Canadian society. Although Canada has achieved alot, in terms of gender equality, the movement towards genderequality remains unfinished, due to the impact of the immigrants,ineffective adoption of the reversal roles between men and women hasalso challenged the rate at which gender equality is to be achievednot only in Canada but in other countries as well, and also thechallenges of equality between men and women in workplaces.
Oneof the points that make the fight against inequality an unfinishedcase within the Canadian society is the threat posed by the ‘societyof migration’. This due to the fact that, the different peoplecoming into Canada comes from cultures or societies that barelybelieve in the aspect of equality among men and women(Perrone-McGovernet al, 2014).One of the challenges remains the integration of the differentcultures that doesn’t share the same value when it comes toequality. Greater gender gaps have been experienced by womenbelonging to communities which have a historical disadvantage,systematic barriers, and discrimination. For example, the way blackwomen or the Arabic women are treated by the larger Canadiancommunity, may be a reflection of how their communities treat them(Ryan,2014).This in turn possesses a threat to the Canadians fight against genderinequality. Different communities and cultures have different ways inwhich they view equality among men and women. This in turn bringsalong different views in the aspect of equality, and some views menas more equal than women. When such a culture comes into the Canadiansetting, the situation may possess a threat to the equality in thecountry. In order for the case of Canada to be termed as finished,there ought to have been equality globally, which has proved anobstacle to uniform gender equality. Immigration into Canada is anobstacle to finishing of the movement.
Accordingto StatisticsCanada (2006),“Whilewomen’s entry into the job market has been dramatic, men’s entryinto housework has been gradual, prompting some to call the latter a‘stalled revolution”.The adoption of the converging roles in the Canadian society has notbeen an effective event as it ought to be. The reluctancy by the mento adopt the housework, has given the gender equality movement a ‘stalled revolution’. The failure to acquire altimate equalityamong men and women in their households has possed an obstacle to thegender equality movement. The continued domination of the men rolesin the society, desoite the massive incoming of the womenparticipation, the equality movement remains unfinished. According toStatisticsCanada(2006), by 2005, the number of women getting involved in paid laborwas increasing. However, despite involving in paid labor, women stillplayed their roles in housework. Despie the progressive steps adoptedby the women in thhe Canadian society, men roles on the other handhasn’t been revolutioned asits exoected and in turn being achallenge to effective equality movement.
Despitethis achievement, there have been controversies on issues thataffected the status of women in Canada such as equal pay, andpensions, abortion, and the issue of pornography remained unresolved.For example, in the years 1997, Canada was ranked first of the unitednations, as the desirable country for one to live, however, thisstatistic was shunned by the fact that, the country was at the sametime ranked a distant seventh when the issue of gender equality wasfactored into the case. According to StatisticsCanada(2006), some of the major achievements in the aspect of genderequality are the reversal roles among men and women, i.e., more womenare spending more time in the offices, while the number of menparticipating in the housework is equally increasing. Canada is aleader in terms of fighting for women’s rights, and equality ingender aspect. The country has seen the case of equality as anintegral element towards sustainable development in the country,security, peace, and social justice (Perrone-McGovernet al, 201).With reference to Youngblood(2014), Canada as a countrywas among the first to sign and also ratify the “Conventionon the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination againstWomen (CEDAW)”,the challenge of equality in workplaces has proved an obstacletowards uniform or total and perfect achievement of the movement.
Inconclusion, there still exist gender differences in the labor sector,however, with reference to gender inequality in Canada the trend isdiminishing but the movement towards the total equality isn’t yetto be finished as there remain pockets of inequality cases. Comparedto other parts of the globe, it can be deduced that, movement forgender equality in Canada has achieved a lot in the fight giants themenace of gender inequality. Nevertheless, the fight is unfinished asinequality is still felt in the employment sectors. It’s clearthat, the issue of immigrating communities has halted the impact ofequality due to different cultural aspects, as well as workplaceenvironment, and also the slowness in the adoption of reversal rolesamong men and women in Canada.
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