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GENDER DISCRIMINATION: Culture Sponsored

Are there different sociocultural perceptions of marriage between the two genders?

Are men expected to be weathy, educated and established before marriage?

Do women need to be passive, less educated or illiterate to be considered a valuable wife?

Do the society approve of the marriage between very old men and much younger women?

Do women and girls posit that there will be no respect for the husband unless he is at least 20 years older than his wife?

Are couples of same-age or older wife – younger husband the subject of community scorn?

Should there be an income or financial worth difference between a couple, where one spouse is more affluent than the other, is a wealthier man favoured than a wealthier woman?

Is it unacceptable to rent an apartment to an unmarried woman?

Does that discrimination exist for unmarried men?

Are women required to hand over their earnings and property to the spouse?

Do the society rebuke a man who grants his wife access to his earnings with authorization for her to spend of his income without her seeking prior permission on each occasion?

Do women consider self well placed if married to a man who provides his family, i.e. wife and children, with bare sustenance?

Prior to expenditures of her own finances and resources, do women feel the need to explain justifications and seek approval from their spouse?

Is there a bias against unmarried women?

Is an unmarried, divorced or widowed daughter residing with her family perceived as a liability whereas there is no objection to such from an unmarried son?

Is a woman expected to neglect her parents and siblings on marriage while her husband continues to care for his?

Do single men receive career promotions whereas an unmarried woman will have her marital status considered prior to advancing in the office rank?

In education, are there certain subjects or courses that women and girls are not taught?

Are there topics within a course that must not be taught to women in the community?

In many communities, the response to several of these questions will largely be a resounding YES.

Men and women are expected to be married by a certain age.

The pressure on women, however, commence much earlier in age.

Does being of a particular ethnicity or Religion increase the probability of a woman experiencing discrimination?

For instance, do Muslim women suffer discrimination at work, university and other social facilities primarily because they are Muslims and are expected to confirm to whatever behavioural distortions that are common among the wider community?

NOTE: This is in reference to facilities owned or administered by Muslims or persons who import the culture of Muslims into the workplace.

That question is crucial regarding cultures of predominantly Muslim communities – Arab, Hausa-Fulani, Somali, Desi, Bengali, Pashtun, and others.

Are women of races and ethnicities far removed from such atmospheres more likely to receive a fair hearing in job offers, career placements and promotions, accommodation rentals, and so on?

Finally, and of tremendous value:

What is the role of women in the sustenance of these cultural bias against the female gender?

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