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Gender Roles in Colombia

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Grace Wholley

on 12 November 2015

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Transcript of Gender Roles in Colombia

Gender Roles in Colombia
Women
Make up more than half of the population
Now have rights to work, have education, hold public office, to have equal pay, to own property, and to serve in the military
Does not have marital, parental, and religious rights
Closer to her children
Many only take care of children and housekeeping
Supposed to put her husband's wishes before her own
Arranged marriages (occasionally)
Relied on by men to do the "dirty work"
Overpowered by men
Many are victims of rape and are abused, which sometimes goes unpunished
Men
Head of the family
Have more respect than women
Main source of money
Disciplines the children
Dominant
More pay and respect than women
Can get away with abusing women
More distant from their children than women are
Effect of migration rural to urban
Gender roles in Colombia have become a bigger issue ever since people started migrating from rural to urban areas (because of the Industrial revolution). Once the Industrial Revolution occurred, both male and females wanted to get jobs in factories and be respected, but it was only the men who gained the respect. Both were working hard, but women were the ones who were treated disrespectfully and who received little pay. This lead to the stereotype of women having to be caretakers and not having a job.
In Colombia, women's rights have been growing very slowly since the Industrial Revolution.
Major Changes in Colombia
Colombia has recognized the issue with women's rights, especially violence against women...
One of their responses has been enacting a law that would use education to raise awareness about women violence
Efforts are being made when it comes to unemployed women
Women having jobs would actually lower violence rates against women because they are able to have economic independence
Colombia is behind
Colombia ranked 118th out of 140 countries for the incorporation of women in politics, meaning Colombia is falling behind when it comes to women representation
Colombia was one of the last countries in Latin America to allow women’s suffrage and the right to vote
Colombia has never had a female president or vice-president, while other Latin American countries have
Colombia is in the top 10 countries of intentional murder rates (high crimes rates result in poor laws protecting women)
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