Unequal treatment of individuals based on their gender is still prevalent
Like in many other rural regions of Ethiopia, gender inequality is still prevalent in Kembata region. In a society where a patriarchal structure is reflected in every day life, women often face discrimination as well as domestic and physical abuse.
These days, Kembata women are major contributors to the agricultural workforce, either as family members or in their own right as women heading households. Despite greater awareness in recent years, a mixture of economic constraints, cultural norms and practices continue to limit their contribution in the society.
Unequal treatment of individuals based on their gender often stems from differences in socially constructed roles, social structures or empirically grounded distinctions. It can manifest itself in numerous ways in a regular daily life, depending on the culture, politics, and economic situation of the region.
In Ethiopian society, cultural stereotypes are ingrained in both men and women. These stereotypes may create gender inequality, wage disparity, preferential treatment within the economic or job market and positions of power. It could also play as a major factor of violence against women.
While gender discrimination can happen to both men and women in many other counties, persistent preferential treatment of men over women is a widespread social phenomenon in rural Ethiopia.
Reducing gender inequality and social injustice should be one of the priorities in development efforts to build a sustainable economy and a prosperous community.