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mdg3, Chavakali High School, Kenya, Question:


The campaign for gender equity and empowerment of women has only worked on empowering women.

In the present world nobody seems to care about the boy child.


1)     What example about this are in your country?

2)     What challenges does this lead to?

3)     How are you dealing with it?


Answer from mdg1






Answer from mdg2


Over the years, the boy child has been given a lot of preference in most communities. Men were considered more powerful and more intelligent than women. The decision makers were men and women were not sought out for anything important. They were not even involved in choosing their own husband! It is in this light that the almost forgotten girl child is getting publicity. The boy child has had his share and has been placed in the limelight. Empowering the girl child is only helping her to arrive where the boy is so that together, they can appreciate each other and do great things.  In certain communities in our country, education is still considered as not for the girls. There are cases of girls being married off to acquire wealth for the parents. The government and NGOs are sensitizing girls in such communities to seek help and say no to this. There is free education so that girls from poor families can gain the much needed education to be able to fight such vices and curve out a future for themselves. With the right education, the girl will have an equal opportunity to seek same jobs that are a reserve of the male gender. 


The government has policies in place to have more female representation in the parliament. The law on inheritance stipulates that the girl is entitled to inheritance from the parents, something that was never heard of in the African society, where inheritance was for the males in the family. Maendeleo ya Wanawake, a body by women for women was set up to empower women and the girl child..

Recently our school had a show, ‘ Because I am a Girl’ to highlight the plight of the girl child. Funds raised were geared towards helping the girls from poor families get basic needs and empower them.


It is the girl child that suffers child labour. Because of poverty, she is forced to work as the boy attends school. Girls are abused sexually and some end in prostitution.

This poses many challenges. The boy child having enjoyed power over the years is not ready to share it. This could lead to enmity and conflict. There is also a feeling that the girl child is being favoured hence instead of boys and girls working hand in hand, they will tend to work against each other.

Another challenge is by the children that are suffering. children’s suffering leads to trauma and this becomes very difficult to treat. If boys are sidelined, there will be lack of skills and lack of respect for each other because instead of complimenting each other, boys and girls will be fighting each other.

Boys and girls should be encouraged to work together, paying equal attention to all subjects. Employment should be given according to qualification and not gender bias.








Answer from mdg4

From the girl's point of view

1)In our country women have higher position than men as they think women are more qualified .
2) This leads to men having to take lower-paid jobs and work twice as hard.
3) We are trying to show that all men and women are equal and should be given fair treatment , not discriminated against because of their sex .


From the boy`s point of view


1)We have single women living, working and supporting their families, because a lot of marriages end in a divorce.
2) This leads to a boy not knowing "boy`s stuff" if he lives with his mother.
3) It`s OK, but it is better to have both parents in family than just one of them.


What does it mean - Gender equality?


   Gender equality is a situation where men and women in the society are recognized as equivalent. They are granted equal rights and equal responsibility, equal access to resources and their uses.


Gender equality is about ensuring equal rights for both sexes, not to perceive men and women as equal beings.


General Description of the situation in Latvia


Globally, gender equality in Latvia is rated in 11th place.

In Latvia gender equality applies to both women and men, includes social, economic, political and cultural factors. The elimination of discrimination is an essential precondition for ensuring human rights of each citizen.

Currently in Latvia gender equality does not exist.

The biggest gender inequality is in the labor market.

Therefore, to improve the situation for education is to increase the level of life of the population. Schools should concentrate on family and relationship-building training, as well as more thorough and exact science subjects in both sexes among young people.

Particular attention should be given to motivate men to get an education that not only improves men's quality of life and longevity, but also will promote gender equality within families and, subsequently, to the labor market


Luize un Arnis.pdf  




Answer from mdg5

Here in Canada, gender equality is not a significant issue. This is because it is a shared value and belief to treat all people equally no matter of gender. Both boys and girls are able to accomplish anything they set their minds to. For example, we have a law to have men and women paid equally doing the same job. This proves our point which is that both genders can become anything they set their minds to. In Canada there are numerous campaigns and organizations that support gender equality around the world. Some examples are Because I am a Girl, and International Women’s Day. Our school’s student council also participated in raising $250 towards Because I am a Girl. This money will be used to help give girls and their families and communities a better, brighter future. Nowadays, gender equality is a big issue all around the world, however in some regions, men and women are still not being treated equally. We must work together to make a world where everyone is equal.






Answer from mdg6

We can all make a difference, one person at a time to stop a common struggle for balance for gender equality and female rights.  Things are put to action to fight against this international crisis, and we should all help to stand up against gender inequality. Things that are being done to help are many jobs are provided to women as well, and wages are kept at a balanced level between the 2 genders. A commonly known association (the UN) has provided government aid, transportation to secure locations, and proper food provision.  Gender inequality is shown through rights and laws, access to education, and citizenship. Gender inequality is shown through the conspiracy that females don’t have the capability to perform the same tasks as males. We can all make a difference if we are willing to work together to change the world and help decrease gender inequality. But the one question still remains: are you willing to take the next step forward to help decrease gender inequality?







Answer from mdg7


  1. 1.       Equality of opportunity has become global,a  form without substance, even in the developed world. Public policies in this field were limited, women are given less and less attention and are allocated fewer funds. In reality, no matter what statistics may say, discrimination against women has increased in the last two decades. Sure, there is institutionalized discrimination, but there are thousands of ways to block women's access to education, decent jobs and decent pay,  public or management positions at private companies. For example, it  is said to be too few women in politics - numerical weight compared with 50% / 50% of men and women.

But who prevents women from entering politics? Or what prevents them to choose any profession or trade? On the other hand, sure, few women will choose a military career and fewer will work in construction or mine - hard work that requires sustained physical effort.

In Romania, women are not discriminated against in the worst ways. They are not made ​​to walk behind men or just stay home to take care of the household. In the past women were not accepted in the army. Very rarely  could you see a woman in the army. But now they are accepted and more and more girls choose this profession.

  1. 2.       At the beginning it was considered that women, because they were part of the same education as men, could not practice in certain areas. In Romania it was forbidden to practice law, for example, until a woman has earned the right, ironically, in court, to be a lawyer (by 1915), this has not changed. So far I have not seen any women to be an electrician or  a cashier to be a man. The most common challenges that women face are:

-they are  never taken into account by men

-not fully appreciated

- the role of women has always been to stay home to care for  the  children

          There are many challenges that women face and only the strong ones cope.


3. I think that women are not appreciated at their true value and they  are always considered to be fragile. A woman is seen just sitting in the office every day with only some mental work. Studies show that women resist much better to stress and fatigue than men.

The barrier between men and women was removed and now women are in almost all sectors of work in Romania.







Answer from mdg8







Answer from mdg9


GTP Report Gender.doc




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