Gender discrimination in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has a population of 160 million. About 49 percent of this population is women. However, there lies a huge gap in the societal perspective of men and women in this country. Women are discriminated from the moment they are born. Gender inequality is very prominent in Bangladesh.
The urban cities have lower gender inequality compared to rural areas. In rural areas, an expecting mother would always pray that she gives birth to a son. A son according to parents can help run the family when they become old. On the other hand, a daughter will only be a burden. This is because she will have to be taken care of. Parents have to spend for a daughter’s education whereas after a few years she will not even live in their house. Rural parents consider sons as assets whereas in their perspective a daughter is a burden. Therefore, in many cases, these parents do no invest in the education of their daughters. They will send their sons to schools but not their daughters. Mothers will teach household chores to their daughters because that is what these girls will do after their marriage. A lot of times, mothers will feed meat or eggs to their sons but not their daughters. Since a son is doing all the work and will bring in future income, he deserves all the proteins.
Rural parents even get their daughters married at a very early age. Some parents even have to pay a handsome dowry just to get their daughters married. The same fate awaits girls at their in-laws. They are expected to clean, cook and give birth. According to traditional Bengali society, women can just give birth and look after their husbands. Well, women are capable of doing everything a man can do. Because of gender discrimination, girls care deprived of proper education.
Gender discrimination in the urban cities is a bit different. Since educated people live in urban cities, the discrimination is not so severe. Parents in urban cities give equal rights to their sons and daughters. Well, in most families. However, girls face discrimination when they start working.
In the Bangladeshi society, women always come after men. As a result, even when both the sexes apply for the same job, men are selected. This is because men are stronger. Employers think that men can take on more work pressure. Even if a girl is selected for the same job, she will be paid a lower wage. Is this not discrimination? The society can forget that without women there would have been no population at all. Women deserve some praise too. They take care of their children and raise them to be socially and morally right. A country’s future depends on women. Because without women, there will be no future generation.
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