Recently, the issues regarding the gender equality between womenand men have become rampant especially concerning on the issues of right andsocietal standing in the community. Most of the countries in the worldrecognize that equal rights should exist between men and women in all sectorswithout any discrimination.
On the recognition all over the world, the rightsof women are yet to be deprived and much preserved as compared to the socialstatus of a woman during the pre-civilized period. Years back then, people areaccustomed to deprive women’s rights in total and disregarded their status. Womenare deemed to have always be treated or considered as a weak person. Thispresumption is due to their nature of physical ability and emotional quotientand endurance.
As to some beliefs during the prehistoric times, this speciesbring much burden and bad luck. This is because, the custom of the people areto uphold war and gain power among the tribe. If women are in numbers, then itdisadvantages the status of a tribe as it weaken the force of a tribe or community.This is in contrast to the status of a man. The birth of an infant boy become apride to a tribe or community.
The boy will be treated well until they becomethe “honor bearer” of the family by participating in the war line. For now, wecould see the adverse position with regards to the status or right of a womanin the current norm of the society in a civilized and developed world trending. Practically, in the modern world, despite the phase of “right ofwoman to be stepped over” has ended long time ago, but in the current norm ofthe society, we still could see the scenario in the work field in where womenare slightly deprived of their admission into the job vacancy. They tend tohave less opportunity in economic development compared to men.
In fact, women havelower participation in the labor force, political, and others. Is this acorrect way to having said that the equalities in gender in a modernized worldare having its check and balance on the preservation of such rights to women.Definitely, the custom of the pre historical minded have not been tarnished inthorough. The terminology of “slightly deprived” may be interpretedoccasionally to happen as some of the society are still having narrow thoughtsto their perception of judging based on gender’s physical ability. They arestill subject to physical ability and other factors that might not be in favorto a woman in giving consideration to the placement in the occupationalvacancy. This is seriously should not beencountered in the modern world society as women’s capability and abilitynowadays are at par in terms of physical, emotional and societal outstanding.This can be tested at our university per se.
For instances, the woman’scapability and ability in the societal standing can be seen through severalscenarios in the class. In the class attendance, female students outstands malestudent by conquering the front line during the lecture. In a lecture-materialpresentation, the courage of female students to conquer the whole class’attention should be given an appraisal. Back then, women are known of theirdemeanors of timid and unattainable. The current phenomenon has changed women’sstanding in the society. To conclude on this point, the stratum between men andwomen are similar in their education, social status and others. In terms of rights toinvolve in political delegation, back then, in the pre-civilized period, forexample in pre-Revolutionary France, we could see women had no political right.
They could not vote or hold any political office. The priority in the politicalplacement was given to men. In other words, there was a total discrimination inpolitical office towards women back in time.
During that era, women are deprived of their rights. They were not givena stand of chance nor freedom to voice out their opinions or ideas. If theywere to be given such opportunity, it was limited and likely to cease on it.For instance, if they were to participate in the political field, they may doso, but the chances to have a name in the organization was very low or thechance was to be ceased as men comes into priority. Instead of that, they were alsosubjected to become a slave to the capitalist. Differently as compared to theformer frame work of political standing, the number of woman in politics areincreased from none to same number as man. For instance, as reported recentlyin the networking, women in Canadian government was firstly reported to have gender-balancedwith 15 men and 15 women in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Inthe United State for instance, women hold 83 seats out of 435 seats in theHouse of Representatives.
Though the number shows minority involvement,however, the percentage of its involvement is getting increased form year toyear. Despite some of the statistic showed the involvement of women inpolitical is yet encouraging, however, it was a great changes in the numbers offemale politician from nearly to none to numerous participation. In Malaysia, someof the important offices in politics were held by women. For example, the greatname like Ungku Zeti Akhtar binti Ungku AbdulAziz, who was the former 7th Governor of Bank Negara Malaysiawho had given so many impacts on the financial developments in Malaysia. Zetiwas also instrumental in the establishment of the International Centre forEducation in Islamic Finance (Inceif), the first global university dedicated toIslamic finance. In 2012, she was awarded the Islamic Development Bank’sIslamic Banking and Finance award, and in 2015 she was given a lifetimeachievement award for her work by Dubai’s ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
From all those facts, it evidencing that women nowadays are essential in theadministration development. In my opinion, the best equality of rights betweentwo opposite genders are perfectly embedded from Islamic perspectives. InIslam, women are encouraged to seek knowledge, held political power, involve ineconomic sectors and others. This could be seen in the family of the ProphetMuhammad himself. For instance, Prophet Muhammad’s wife, Siti Khadijah, was abusiness woman who involved in economic sector. Despite a truly muslimah, shewas also a successful business woman. Beside that, Siti Aishah r.a, despite was atthe young age, she has become a well-known on authority in medicine, history andleadership.
In my opinion, gender equalityrequires equal enjoyment by women and men of socially valued goods,opportunities, resources and rewards. Therefore, it is good to give anopportunity for women to show and encourage their ability in any sectors suchas political, job vacant, leadership, and others. Nowadays, men and women arefree to seek the knowledge and education, involved in politics and being aleader for any institution or organization. In Malaysia for instance, there isno such thing to restrict education based on gender provided under the FederalConstitution. Everyone has the freedom to access to educational disseminationwithout subject to any conditions. This great opportunity give rise to women aplatform to expand their knowledge and ideas by having such right preserved onher freedom of right to education.
The wisdom behind this is that women standto chance the accessibility as to men with regards to anything. If a man couldbecome a politician, so does a woman. If a man stand the chance to get accesson professional education, so does a woman. With this, women could advance inthe leadership roles. For instance, in the Muslim world, we have prominent likeBenazir Bhutto who was prime minister of Pakistan and Shaykh Hasina who is thecurrent prime minister of Bangladesh. This shows at parity between man andwoman in term of leadership ruling. Obviously, women today are activelyparticipative in grassroots organization, economic, political, education andsocial services. It is also show that they are affordable to carry out theresponsibility like are men.
Next, with regards to social strata between men and women. In thepre-Islamic era, there are variety of nations, culture, customs, religion andcountries. During those times, the status of women was unequal compared to menin social system and personal affairs like marriage, education, inheritance andothers. Women are not given right to earn any property, businesses or have anylegal right. They did not have any specialty and protection to preventthemselves from any circumstances. Back then, during those “ignorant period”,they strongly believed in superstitious. The newborn baby girls were oftenabandoned and buried alive because they believe that the newborn baby girlswill bring bad omen to the family. Other than that, men are freely to practiceunlimited polygamy.
They could attend to any woman as he wished. Women becamethe sexual object to satisfy their lust. Even a woman is legally married to aman, her husband could handed over his wife to another man who asked for thewife.
Women’s pride have no value. Men can also practice mut’ah marriage orcontract marriage with any woman because in the pre-Islamic period, trade orbusiness become the primary custom to earn for living. They will expand theirbusiness over regions and journey become essential. For that, a man will getmarried to any woman he liked for the purpose to accompany them in the courseof the journey. And when he came back, he will divorced the woman as he wishedor sell it to other man.
From this, we could see that the social strata duringthose ignorant period was having worst respect and honor to the sanctity of awoman and a legal ties through marriage. However, after the coming of Islam,women stand in the society of having much respect and honor. Islam put thevalue of a woman at a higher level. Until now, we are blessed to have thesacred revelation that honored the value of a woman. In the modernized world, the advancement of knowledge and educationhave made woman become feminist. The mastery in knowledge of a woman has giventhem the opportunity to grow up their maturity in the society which eventuallymade them to be at par with men. In realm, becoming a feminist may give prosand cons to the society. Some of the women are positive feminists when they arerepresenting their gender to fight for particular rights which were benefittedby men.
However, some of them tend to be negative feminists as they were fightfor extreme or beyond reasonable rights such as fighting for homosexualmarriage and other rights that concern on matter between the same gender whichagainst the nature of her species. Today, as women were given the freedom toget higher education without any conditions. The government give higherpriority to support men and women to gain knowledge and encourage theireducation into the higher level. Theopportunity that given by the government for them to seek the knowledge andeducation has made them to be more feminist and masculine in spread out theirvoice about certain issues. Women should be freedom of choice.
If they chooseto be a lawyer or politician, they should be given the same opportunity andshould be given the same salary as a man. But, if they choose to be ahousewife, they should be given the freedom to do so. Women can be masculinewhen they have high confident level in giving their ideas or opinion in certainissues. When speaking about masculine of a woman, it is contended that theability of a woman to be as a man in giving or voicing out her standingspertinent to any matters. Some of them are even much masculine compared to aman when raising out ideas and opinions.
For example, in politic, women areseem more masculine and confident in order to spread out their voices, ideasand opinion to fight with other politician especially men. Thus, they should developtheir confident level and improve their knowledge in order to survive and make acorrect choice in their life.Furthermore, the inequalities that occurs between two genders will declinethe development and prosperity of a nation. By providing equal opportunities,it will give some chances for women to used their talents and ability inworkforce and make better choices for their life, family and society. One ofthe reason that make women have less opportunities in the workforce is thefamilies itself.
The family or parents cannot afford to send their children toschool and seek knowledge will decide to send their male children compared tofemale children to school because many parents assume that the female childrenpotential in study is less compared to male children. This make female childrenless schooling and more backward in their study compared to male children. Thus,it make them less likely to be employed because of their weakness in education.
Moreover, many parents are still tied to the customs or culture in which womenshould not involve in workforce and seeking money for the family. For them, thejob for seeking money and to support the family is a men job and women shouldstay at home and become fully housewife. These issues have make women losstheir chances to exposed their talent and ability in seeking knowledge and inwork field. The custom and culture that are still practices by certain parent alsohas make their abilities to improve their life is limited and they cannot makeany development for themselves also for their families.
Therefore, it isimportant to preserve such equality as an individual makes a family, and afamily makes a nation. In addition, women also the key to thesustainable development and quality of life in the family. In one family,women play varieties of role like wife, leader, administrator, manager offamily income and last but not the least important the mother. Women is the manhelpmate and partner in family. They are the source of inspiration to man forhigh endeavor and worth achievements in life.
Moreover, they also createnecessary environment for her male partner to think more about the economicupliftment of family by giving ideas, motivation and moral support. The hasbecome the loyal companion to the man in all successes and attainments bygiving love, sympathy, understanding, comfort, recognition, submission anddevotion to her husband. Moreover, women should not be tied to their traditional role as arewife or mother only. They also play their role as the key to the sustainabledevelopment and the socio-economic development of the society. The improvementon modern education and economic has compel the women to leave their sphere ofthe family circle and work for the enrichment of their life and society. The riseof the education enable women to respond to their opportunities, abilities, tochallenge their traditional roles and to change their life circumstances. Educationhave become the most important instrument for human resource developmentespecially for women in order to sustain their development and quality in theirlife and society.
Thus, they should challenge themselves to involve in anysociety events or organization in order to improve their skills and knowledgein any sectors. Nowadays, majority of women in the world are involve in workingsector and seeking money to help their partner or to gain their personal orfamily income. The economic distress has force them to leave their traditionalroles and they need to play a role as men in which to get involve in workingsector and get the salary to improve their personal or family income.In conclusion, despite civilization gave women rights and freedomin the societal standing, it is undeniable that there were loopholes in suchpreservation. Therefore, the nation should realize on the essence of theimportant roles of women to the development of the household, economic,politics, education and others. Thus, preserve women right of equalities shouldbe observed and appreciated in thorough so that they can enjoy their rightslikely as mans’ without any discrimination.