Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, activities and attributes that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women, explains the World Health Organization. The distinct roles, reinforced by legal systems and religion, have historically given rise to gender inequalities not only in health care but with education and employment opportunities. Globalization has challenged the most archaic perceptions of gender roles through books, films and other media; new technologies in satellite television and the internet; policies of multinational corporations and tourism. Human rights groups reach across borders to lend support and inspiration to those in other lands; the United Nations and other international target gender equality as a major goal.

Chinese Authorities Offer Money for Mixed Marriages in Bid to Quell Uighurs

The bonuses, 135 percent of average annual rural incomes, are intended to ease unrest
Jamil Anderlini
September 4, 2014

Boko Haram Beyond Nigeria: Girls' Education Under Threat

Globe should be wary about any attacks on education
Bina Shah
June 11, 2014

The Plight of the Globe’s Domestic Workers

ILO points out the work category reflects inequality in terms of wages, gender, geographic locale
Susan Froetschel
January 15, 2014

Malala’s Desire to Learn Shames Our Schools

Education is a gift
Allison Pearson
October 14, 2013

India Seeks to Regulate Booming “Rent-a-Womb” Industry

Nation will decide if surrogacy is needed health service or exploitation
Nita Bhalla, Mansi Thapliyal
October 2, 2013