Gender Equality - Stereotyped Phrase or a Democratic Right? Cover Image

Родовата рамноправност стереотипна фраза или демократско право?
Gender Equality - Stereotyped Phrase or a Democratic Right?

Author(s): Zoran Jovanovski, Elena Ivanova
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Источном Сарајеву
Keywords: Gender equality;Equality;International legal framework;
Summary/Abstract: Inequality between men and women has had a long tradition. Its pervasiveness throughout history made no contributions to the stability of any society. Women fought long battle for equality against formidable enemies such as patriarchy and tradition. In the middle of the last century the need to begin the battle for equality arose. This was achieved by means of inter- national legal framework of the Organization of the United Nations for pro- motion of gender equality. A series of international acts in favor of women's cause have been adopted; women acquired right to equal opportunities, while being protected against traditional elements. Equality does not imply that woman and men are the same or that hey should be the same; it simply means that enjoying rights and having opportunities in life is not limited to nor does it depend on whether one was born as a boy or a girl. Indeed, the same opportunities for all will eventually lead to equality. It is worth noting here that gender equality implies dedication to equal society, where human rights are not conditioned by one's sex and gender. Only stable society is a good society which provides creative environment for all and brings progress, prosperity and future for all its members. This paper presents achievements in both legislation and case law and regulatory changes which in time contributed to the strengthening of the principle of equality between men and women, and their application in the EU countries. Globally viewed however, the facts about this issue portray entirely different picture, since the stereotypes about cultural, religious and traditional values still persist. Hence the question: Is gender equality perceived as a cliche and a stereotyped phrase or is it truly a democratic right?