What Inequality Means for Children. Our research finds that the most disadvantaged households and children are most vulnerable to adversities and have least resources to overcome them.
What is perhaps less clear is how such understandings are linked to gender inequality and the high prevalence of gender-based violence in our society.
For example, the expectations on men to be dominant and powerful, and women to be passive and subservient in relationships can lead to the acceptance of intimate partner violence.
As one young woman stated: We are not aware that person is supposed to respect you. Facing the realities of poverty and unemployment, many young men experience feelings of disempowerment and frustration at not being able to provide, as one young person stated: You feel useless, like you cannot fulfil your role as a man.
That can turn into violence. You get frustrated, you get stressed, and then you can be very abusive emotionally. And then when you get home — just a small thing, you become aggressive.
While it is true that women are mostly affected by gender-based violence, there is a need to appreciate that men can also be abused, emotionally, sexually and physically.
Young people said that boys are often raped, but that these acts are stigmatized, meaning they are kept hidden and unreported. Men are abused by their women partners, but this is not understood to be a reality. In general it is difficult for men to speak out about sexual and other forms of abuse because the attitude is that men are tough and invulnerable, and that they do not express their pain or suffering.
There are particular forms of gender based violence carried out against young men who do not participate in the cultural practice of traditional circumcision, or who end up having to go to hospital during the ritual because of injury, infection or other medical problems.
He is very likely to face discrimination in the form of emotional and physical abuse. You will not drink with men, or eat with men. Efforts to address gender-based violence must reach out and engage with young men as well as women, supporting them to challenge ideas of what it means to be a man that perpetuate gender based violence.
One can look to the approaches of organizations such as Sonke Gender Justice and Restless Development, which strive to involve men and boys as well as women and girls in their programmes.Young people are registered as unemployed at double the rates of their older counterparts—34 % of young people between 15 and 24, and 25 % of young people between 15 and 29 against 15 % .
Key issue There are a number of reasons why inequality may harm a country’s economic performance.
At a microeconomic level, inequality increases ill health and health spending and reduces the educational performance of the poor. Our starting point for this paper is that child poverty and inequality are the expression of the political, economic and cultural forces that structure societies – and children’s lives – in terms of the distribution of resources and opportunities in ways that align, to a greater or lesser degree, with ethnicity or caste, religion, gender, urban/rural location, age and generation, etc.
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poverty and inequality on the life chances of young people aged , precisely those becoming the next generation of parents.
Despite the clear impact of upstream fiscal. Given the global persistence of gender inequality, many of the issues disproportionately affecting young people also tend to disproportionately affect girls. In , UNAIDS reported that 60% of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa were among young people (aged ), with a .