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Geschlechtergerechtigkeit? Gender Equality? A big word even in developed societies

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit bedeutet nicht immer und überall das gleiche. Abhängig von Raum und Zeit, Kultur und Kommunikation sind verschiedene Konzepte dieser großen Idee möglich. Unser Praktikant Edwin Moshi aus Tansania hat sich Gedanken zu diesem Thema gemacht und mit Tübingerinnen und Tübingern darüber gesprochen.

Gender equality is a big word - everywhere in the world. But what it means, how it's lived and what the people think about it differs a whole lot depending on geography.

In Tanzania, where I come from, there are still big problems with gender equality. According to Sumasesu, an NGO in my country informing people on gender equality and issues with HIV/AIDS, there is neither economical nor social equality as it is the case in many african countries. Tanzania not being exception at all: For a guy to have several girlfriends is seen as normal, while a girl shouldn't try living that standard.
In Tanzania, people are convinced that there is a 100% gender equality in developed countries like Germany and that these countries have a lock on that. 

I wanna take my internship at Wüste Welle as a chance to find out more on this. So I went to the streets and asked people, if they agree with the assumption, that there is a 100% gender equality in Germany. In this feature, we can find out, that they don't agree - so another myth busted. While some men seem to think that everything is alright with the gender relations in Germany, most people quite obviously agree, that the country is far from a seriously equal treatment of men and women.

Most people on the street here in Tübingen, when asked what problems they mainly see in gender equality, answer that there is no equal pay, women have it harder in making a career and the problems within child care mostly lie with the female parents.  None of the interviewees though complained about any problems of gender inequality in their social lifes, only in their professional ones. 
So it only leaves us to assume that, while there are problems with gender relations in the professional world, most people feel that their personal relationships between genders are based on equal treatment and mutual trust.
Good for Germany, I'd say. Some countries would wish to have that at least.

I can't help but wonder though: If there is social equality between men and women, and if Germany appearantly has a stance of general respect towards women - then how, in a modern and rich country, is it possible, that it doesn't reach into the professional world?

Gender equality is a big word - and a big topic. We can only hope that things improve in the future everywhere. 

And we can work on that each person at a time. Try to put yourself in the other's shoes, because if there's more understanding, then there will be more equality.

For Wüste Welle: Edwin Moshi, Green FM, Tanzania.



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