Introduction: In latin literatura/litteratura derived from littera means letter or hand writing. The changed meaning over time to include texts that are spoken or sung oral literature and non-written verbal art forms. the literature explains the gender (in)equality and economic development as they relate to values and religion , cultural restrictions and roles , legal and inheritance, education of girls etc. literature explains the compatible with the long trends. The present topic literature and gender quality definition is writing about the sexual equality , it is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, in including economic participation and decision – making: and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender. Gender equality means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs.
History: on a global scale, achieving gender equality also requires eliminating harmful practices aginst women and girls , including sex trafficking, femicide, wartime sexual violence and other oppression tactics. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN organization. (UNFPA )stated that despite many international agreements affirming their human rights . Women are still much more likely to be victims of domestic violence. In some christain churches, the practice of churching of women may still have elements of ritual purification and the ordination of women to the priesthood may be restricted or forbidden.
Facts of today: Globalization set out to understand the role of socioeconomic development in transforming cultural attitudes towards gender equality and the consequences of this process for women’s modernization. “Legislation was that reflected the principles of gender equality “. Gender equality matters in its own right and as prerequisite for the health, development of families, societies and tool driver of a economic development. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviors, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favored. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
”God didn’t discriminate male- female at the time of shaping universe. Human for their facility distributed the works. They divided rights and duties also with the passage of time. But suddenly women awake and started knowing the closed door though those doors are still closed but with their efforts they made a small aperture for fresh air.” the literature explains the gender (in)equality and economic development as they relate to values and religion , cultural restrictions and roles , legal and inheritance, education of girls etc. literature explains the compatible with the long trends.
Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to complete eliminate such practices. According to a study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), the widening gap in the child sex ratio will lead to a deficit of 23 million females in the 20-49 age group by 2040. This scarcity will not improve their position .the disparity in employment opportunities and the nature of the work in which they are engaged contribute to women’s economic disempowerment. More than 100 countries have taken action to track budget allocations for gender equality
Without education, women lack confidence or knowledge to make their own choice and are encouraged or forced to marry early. India holds the miserable record of having the highest absolute number of child brides about 24 million. This represents 40% of the world’s 60 million child marriages. Early marriage forces girls into adulthood and, frequently motherhood before they are emotionally or physically mature. It profoundly affects a girl’s life, not only by substantially lowering her educational prospects, but also by causing health complications and harming psychological well-being (Wodon 2014). In this way gender-based discrimination in education is both a cause and a consequence of broader forms of gender inequality in society (Pulugurtha 2008).
A woman in most cultural settings also impacts the nutritional intake and health status of women and girls. This in turn leads to health issues such asanaemia and intrauterine growth restriction during pregnancy. If a woman gives birth to a female child while malnourished, then the child’s survival and nutritional issues increase. Apart from education, there are a number of intricate and often interconnected factors that explain the prevailing gender gap in India. The root cause of gender inequality in Indian society lies in its patriarchal system.
Most of India, with some exceptions, has strong patriarchal and matrilineal customs, where men hold authority over female family members and inherit family property and title. Examples of patriarchy in India include prevailing customs in which inheritance passes from father to son, women move in with the husband and his family upon marriage, and marriages include a bride price or dowry. This ‘inter-generational contract’ provides strong social and economic incentives for raising sons and disincentives for raising daughters. The preference for sons is so strong that it is manifested in terms of limiting the birth and survival of girl children. As a result, the sex ratio in India has become imbalanced. From 983 girls for every 1000 boys in 1951, it went down to 945 in 1991, then to 927 in 2001, and declined to 918 in 2011 – the worst since independence . Increasing Imbalance in Child Sex Ratio in India Source: Census of India, various years.
How do we measure gender equality?
Gender equality is measured by looking at the representation of men and of women in a range of roles. A number of international comparative gender equality indices have been prepared and these offer a way to compare Ireland’s achievements with those of other countries. Each index looks at a distinct list of parameters and the choice of parameters affects the outcome for each country.
The convention on the elimination of discrimination against women and sets an agenda for national action to and such discrimination. It was adopted by the United Nation in 1979 and came into force on 3 September 1981.
More than 100 countries have taken action to track budget allocations for gender equality. More importantly, Equality in Literature is fundamentally misguided, relying on profound misunderstandings of the way in which we are required to rectify oppression. It is a standard feature of most ethical theories that different people are required to take up different duties in virtue of their distinct positions: someone witnessing a drowning child is obligated to save the child, whereas someone hundreds of miles away from the child does not share this obligation. India, among few leading countries, had been a land where woman had been given the right to vote. There is no question of any less efficiency, ability and productivity in women than men. A country cannot realize its dream of becoming super power by ignoring the better half of the humanity. Researches have proved that a country where there are more employment opportunities for woman tend to provide better and honest governance.
Legally gender equality status in India: Man woman both are equal like a wheels of life cycle, both are not means life cycle cannot go properly. The bonding of the both man woman make a good family which helps to build the Nation strengthen. Article 14 of the Constitution mandates that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India. Clauses (1) and (2) of Article 15 prohibit the State from discriminating any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them. Article 16 which contains the fundamental right of equality of opportunity in matters of public employment. Article of the Constitution of India reinforces “right to life”. Equality, dignity of person and right to development are inherent rights in every human being. Life in its expanded horizon includes all that give meaning to a person’s life including culture, heritage and tradition with dignity of person. The fulfillment of that heritage in full measure would encompass the right to life. For its meaningfulness and purpose every woman is entitled to elimination of obstacles and discrimination based on gender for human development. Women are entitled to enjoy economic, social, cultural and political rights without discrimination and on a footing of equality. Equally in order to effectuate fundamental duty to develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of enquiry and to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activities as enjoined in Articles 51-A(h) and (j) of the Constitution of India, facilities and opportunities not only are to be provided for, but also all forms of gender-based discrimination should be eliminated. It is a mandate to the State to do these acts. Property is one of the important endowments or natural assets to accord opportunity, source to develop personality, to be independent, right to equal status and dignity of person. Therefore, the State should create conditions and facilities conducive for women to realize the right to economic development including social and cultural rights.
The PIL has challenged the provisions of the Military Nursing Service Ordinance 1943 and the Military Nursing Service (India) Rules 1944, to the extent they provide only for appointment of women The Delhi High Court termed as “gender discrimination” the Indian Army’s practice of having only women in its nursing service. “It is gender discrimination, only other way round”,” a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao observed after it was informed that male nurses were not recruited into the Army’s nursing branch.
The court gave the Centre two months’ time to take a decision on the issue and listed the matter for hearing on January 21, 2019.The central government’s lawyer sought six months’ time to take a decision on recruiting male nurses saying that each Army base has to be communicated and their views taken. Denying the request, the court said, “We are in a digital world. Get everyone on video conferencing and take a decision”. The petition has sought quashing of the words “if a woman” in the Indian Military Nursing Service Ordinance and to place male nurses at par with their female counterparts.
No- abortion to girl child, Yes-adoption to girl child figure :! female foeticide and female infanticide are most inhuman of acts. And it is a shame that in India these practices are prevailing at large scale. The data shows that despite the law in place viz Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 sex selective abortion is still on the rise. One estimate done by MacPherson shows that more than 100000 illegal abortions are being performed every year in India mainly for the reason that the featus is of girl child.
Lack of Woman Decision making power: figure:5 Lack of economic resources is likely to restrict women’s economic choices more than men’s. Lesser purchasing power translates to lesser decision making power. In developing countries the laws of inheritance and ownership generally disfavor women more than in developed countries, which may be a significant factor affecting the financial resources women have at their disposal. At the political level women also have less voice. Figures 2 and 3 portray the percentage of women in ministerial and sub-ministerial positions in some developed countries and some developing countries respectively. In most developed countries women hold 5-15 % of the higher positions with Finland and Sweden being exceptions with about third of the ministerial positions held by women. In developing countries women frequently hold less than 5% of the higher ranking positions in the society. Overall women participate more in the political and high-level decision making in the developed countries. Another important area of decision making with economic implications concerns a woman’s control over her own body, sexuality and the number of children she bears. Particularly in developing countries, customs and norms tend to restrict the choices women are able to make in this respect. High fertility is associated with less education for women, less frequent labor market participation outside the home and less economic opportunities. In 1980 the total fertility rate (births per woman) was twice as high globally as in the high-income countries. By 1998 the discrepancy had fallen as the number of children per woman in low income countries had fallen from about six to just above four (excluding China and India). Including China and India, which account for 40% of the world’s population, the average number of children per woman in low income countries was three, while the figure:3 for high-income countries was less than two . A considerable convergence has happened in fertility of the rich and the poor over the past 20 years, a trend that is bound to influence the roles of women globally. Figure: 4 24% woman willing to work where as 44% woman not willing to work but forcefully work as a labor by their poverty. A culturally ingrained parent gives priority for sons. It plays main role in their life