Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gender equality: current topics

As International Women's day coming, there are some topics regarding gender equality.

Day before yesterday, in a meeting of UN Commission on the Status of Women held in New York, members agreed with the plan to confirm the achievement of gender equality by 2030.

The Guardian: World leaders pledge to achieve gender equality by 2030

Contemporaneously, The Economist revealed the international comparison about gender equality, named "Glass Ceiling Index." This term represents the hardiness for a woman to be promoted beyond a certain status in a company. The result itself has not changed so much compared to the previous situation. Countries located in Northern Europe are admired as the fairness for women. Japan and Korea occupy the bottom line. Many countries located in Mid-East were not subjected in this survey.

The Economist: Female Finns are faring fine  

To be honest, this kind of survey is sometimes quite arbitrary. So, we should be cautious to interpret the results. I think this report is trustworthy, nonetheless. Japan is deemed to be a country in which women are discriminated in other surveys.

My past entry: Japan as the worst for women

Actually, I do not feel that there is cruel discrimination against women. However, I sometimes hear the cases which are very shameful, such as blaming a working lady for become pregnant, or recommending a single lady who mentioned the women's right to get married soon.

My past entry: Blame to a pregnant worker: awful problem in Japan

My past entry: Sexual abuse in Tokyo assembly

Perhaps, some people, not limited to male, have too conservative opinion to match the modern society. They are unaware why their behaviors are deemed as impolite.

On the other hand, there are a few aggressive women insisting the rapid improvement of the social environment. For example, some female activists expose their breasts. Even if their thoughts are politically correct, they hardly gain the public acceptance. Interestingly, the majority of women seem not to be side with such activists. Consequently, only emotional conflicts tend to emerge, leading to no constructive discussion. It is so sorry.

My past entry: Does topless become legal? Current trend and future

Anyway, the 21st century is the era of women, I sense. Talented women will appear more and more. In Japan, some people say that middle-aged men are more struggling to get a job than women. In some days, men would encounter the glass ceiling, perhaps.

My past entry: Women's era

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