Gender is one of the most common ways of organizing the social life of human beings. Parents assume boys and girls to be different ever since infancy. In the 1970s, the feminists viewed can the notion of gender as a ‘construct’. Hence, Gender can be regarded as a socially constructed concept used to differentiate men and women and assign them different roles and responsibilities, and so on.
The differentiation of roles between men and women may lead individuals to feel pressured as they may not be able to do things according to their personal preferences. In many professional fields, there is a huge pay gap between men and women. Even when they may be doing the same work, men get paid more. This can cause frustration among women and for a long time, there has been a demand for equal pay. In their work field, men are the more popular choice when it comes to promotions than women. This leads women to not get paid for their worth and to ensure equality the government must develop facilities that can offer equal treatment to individuals of all genders.
Construction of Gender in the Curriculum Framework Since Independence
No Use of Sexist Language
Use of any sexist language that may offend either males or females in the classroom and in textbooks is strictly prohibited.
The experiences of women and girls must be included in the curriculum so that more people can be aware about women empowerment.
The examples and experiences used in the classroom must be relevant to both genders and not just boys or girls.
Extensive knowledge must be incorporated in textbooks that are produced from the research and findings done by women.
The textbooks, mainly novels and stories, used in the classroom must not only be works of male authors but female authors as well.
Addressing issues of gender roles in the classroom will make everyone aware of the discriminatory practices against each gender and hence, they will try to prevent the same.
The curriculum focuses on broadening the mindset of students rather than narrowing their views about gender roles.
From toys to activities, levels of boisterousness to language, television programs to reading material, everything is selected carefully and monitored by the individuals according to their gender. The media reinforces these ideas and agenda through its portrayal of women as attractive and glamorous and while men are portrayed as individuals who are successful and powerful.