A fundamental reason we have not yet achieved gender equality in every realm is that women and girls’ voices are … Clearly, family planning can be one of the best targets we can put on the UN list of priorities, because it will do $120 of social good for each dollar spent. "This report should serve as a wake-up call to the world. Among those not expecting equality to become a reality, obstacles cited were gendered expectations, a lack of education or awareness, the need to think differently, attitude, and the belief by some in male superiority. Therefore, in an attempt to explore the unasked and unanswered questions from this experience, we designed and implemented the present study. For instance, Why did they not consider equality attainable? What did they mean by the term “equality”? Change is slowly taking place, and men are increasingly working alongside women to support gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. They also identified education as important in effecting the change needed. Most students (77%) claimed being at least somewhat active in their religious group, while 48% identified themselves as Baptist. Gender equality cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys. In answer to why they believed it would be achieved, progress that has already been made (38%) and education (19%) were the most prevalent responses. While no country achieved 90 or above, the report attributes strong public services and social safety nets as the reasons Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Germany, Canada, Ireland and Australia make up the top 10. The United States received a score of 77.6 -- a figure that was driven down by its poor performance over issues such as poverty and women's economic participation, the report said. They readily cited the workforce, government and military, sports, and religion as arenas still perpetuating gender inequality. In exploring the perspective of college students, we get a glimpse of the mindset of this primarily Christian sample as they begin their adult lives as men and women in today’s world. Help CBE spread the message that #Godvalueswomen. Achieving gender equality by 2030 requires us all, regardless of sex and/or gender, to rethink ways we imagine and enact gender every day. Those 34 participants reported the following obstacles: gendered expectations (44%), the lack of education or awareness (26%), the need to think differently (26%), attitude (24%), and the belief some have of male superiority (21%). But true gender equality has not been achieved in any country,” said Kagame whose leadership has shaped the country’s gender policy. Participants were current and former students of Campbellsville University (a small university with a Baptist heritage, located in rural Kentucky) who volunteered at the request of the two researchers. The fact that women were more likely than men to identify the effort required is understandable given the more personal nature of the struggle for women. After eliciting demographic information, the questionnaire asked, “Do you believe that gender equality will be achieved?” Depending on answers to this question (Yes, No, or I believe we have gender equality now), participants were given one of three different question sets to help them elaborate on their position. Of those who believed equality would be achieved, 25% identified sports as an area in which it had not yet happened,7 all of whom were first year students, 18–20 years of age, and primarily majoring in the natural sciences. Of those 32 participants, 30% predicted that it would happen within the next 5–10 years; 33%, over the next several decades. For example, discriminatory laws need to change and legislation adopted to proactively advance equality. Tip: to find an exact phrase or title, enclose it in quotation marks. Female equality is a complex issue and is not going to be achieved using a set of neat, standardized solutions. Yet these participants cited progress that has already taken place (e.g., decrease in racial injustice, women running for office) as one reason for their hope that equality will eventually come to pass. Those who had taken a Gender Studies course more often expressed equal expectations for each gender as a component of their definition.1 No differences in definitions were found between those who did or did not expect equality to be achieved. It is a matter of the people wanting to take the steps to make it possible or if they are fine with how things work. However, gender equality must be for both genders. © 2020 CBE International - All rights reserved. Feelings toward egalitarianism were positive for 32% of the sample, with 8% and 15% being negative or neutral respectively. ** NEW ** See Compendium of resources: the gender impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and gender-sensitive responses 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 behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are … Each secondary questionnaire began with the prompt: “What do you mean by the term gender equality?” This open-ended question allowed participants to provide as many definitions of the term as they wished. The fact that those who had taken a Gender Studies course were less optimistic regarding equality happening in the near future, yet were hopeful that education would make a difference, attests to the value of education. I (Susan) am gratified that my students are aware of the magnitude of the task before us and that they see education as key to changing the mindset of our society. After reading and discussion, even the more traditional students comment on having held an inaccurate understanding of the term “feminism.” They often go on to agree that feminism at its core is reasonable and can be embraced by Christians without the “man-hating” baggage often associated with the term. There is evidence of widespread prejudice against women and girls from decades of psychological research. A chi square test revealed that upper division students and graduates were more accurate in their definitions of feminism and egalitarianism.2 Those who had taken, or were presently taking, Gender Studies were more accurate in their descriptions of these terms.3 Students from the social sciences were more aware of the meaning of feminism and egalitarianism than those from other disciplines.4, Positive feelings were held toward feminism by 34% of the sample; 16% held negative feelings; 18%, neutral.