“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.” – Ban Ki-Moon

Gender bias and discrimination is seen in every small and big aspect of our lives. It’s all around us, from our homes to our workplaces, and it’s practised by everyone from our family to our co-workers to our friends. Our brains have been wired to categorise everything we encounter since childhood in order to make sense of the complex world around us. And this appears to be the primary reason for society’s bias towards women, categorising and boxing them according to the world’s standards, discriminating against them and treating them differently from men just because of their gender.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common forms of bias that women encounter on a daily basis:

1. Wage Gap – This should be one of the most common gender biases that every woman encounters at some time in her life. Even after being qualified and holding the same skill set as males, women are paid less in every country around the world. Women in the United Kingdom are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, resulting in a pay difference of 17.9%.

2. Glass Ceiling — A metaphor for the visible but intangible hierarchical hindrance that stops minorities and women from reaching heightened professional achievement in upper-level leadership and the C-Suite is the glass ceiling.

3. Lack of Legal Rights — To safeguard women and their rights, laws against gender-based violence are critical. However, the reality is that most governments and legal systems have failed to provide women with fair and equal legal rights to men. Lack of these legal rights puts women’s and girls’ lives at jeopardy, with a slew of negative consequences not only for them, but for the entire society.

4. Positional Bias – A very common bias faced by women in workplaces. Many firms recruit individuals for certain positions based on their gender rather than determining who is the best fit for the job and who can perform the best based on skills and previous experience. This form of bias frequently results in women being passed over for positions that are traditionally held by men, despite being the best candidate for the job.

5. Diminished Responsibilities – Employers frequently employ and assign jobs, opportunities, and responsibilities to males solely on the basis of their gender, even when a woman is considerably more responsible, qualified, and suited to the position. This type of gender prejudice teaches employees, particularly women, that inequality is acceptable and that, as a result of their gender, they will not be given equal chances or responsibilities.

These are just a handful of the many forms of discrimination and bias that women experience on a daily basis. For centuries, women have been suppressed by the world under the standards of right and wrong. However, as the world evolves, it is not only moving towards change, but also becoming change. Women today dream big, showcase their actual potential, and don’t back down when they’re treated differently or less than males. Every step of the way, they #breakthebias. And, despite the fact that women face this every day, it is not solely their battle. It is a war that we must combat together as a society since it is everyone’s responsibility.

Much Love