Throughout history, women and men have always been considered different – men are the strong, able workers, who provide for the family, while women are the homemakers, who care for children and provide comfort for their husbands. While men were out advancing their skills, learning, and being given chances to improve themselves, women were always confined to their single role, as a mother and a wife. Because of these ancient gender roles, women haven’t been given fair chances at employment as men have. These gender roles are prevalent even in our time, as women are still considered in many cultures to be the one who cooks, cleans, and nurtures children. Luckily, many cultures have realized that their gender roles are archaic and outdated, and women are being given chances to prove themselves as exceptional workers and leaders.
Many countries have passed laws that help women find adequate pay and a place in the workforce and they are aided by non-profit groups that are determined to close this gender gap once and for all. The most successful way that they are helping women advance is by helping them obtain an adequate education as a basis to work from. By providing ways for these women and young girls to better themselves, they are opening up pathways for them to work their way up in the workforce and show that they are equals in this regard. Many programs are helping by giving loans to allow them to attend school or creating specially formulated opportunities for women to learn the necessary tools to advance. By addressing common issues such as literacy and family planning, they are able to give these women the chance they deserve to finally find equality and carve their own path through life.
However, there are still many obstacles to overcome. Although women in these areas are showing to be more educated than ever before, they still make up under 25% of the workforce in North Africa. Even though these women are educated and prepared to work, social and legal barriers still stand between them and adequate employment. Additionally, many women lack the skills that are currently in demand, lowering the chance that they will be able to find a place to use their education. These obstacles have been noted by the governments and directors of programs for this cause and they feel that in the nearby future, these inequalities can be undone with policy and legal changes. The education of these women alone has shown great changes and if the governments can aid them, we could see great strides in equality in the coming years.