YES: Many conditions in different countries, cultures and regions continue to undermine the rights of women, making gender equality an impossible outcome in the foreseeable future.
Patriarchal traditions and social systems in various countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are unlikely to dilute in the near future, making universal gender equality impossible.
Economic globalization has intensified the exploitation and victimization of women by criminal organizations, in diverse illicit activities such as forced prostitution and drug couriering, and the continued demand for such activities makes the protection of women’s rights a difficult proposition.
Deep rooted cultural stereotypes perpetuated by the popular media continue to endorse unfair treatment of women as sexual objects or commodities, making gender equality impossible in countries where such attitudes persist.
NO: Many conditions in different countries, cultures and regions have improved the rights of women significantly, thereby making gender equality a distinct possibility in the foreseeable future.
Despite the persistence of patriarchal traditions in various countries, political transformations in them have created more favorable conditions for women’s rights, providing greater hope for gender equality in the future.
Greater international attention has been made to pursue equal rights and protection for women, and increasing collaboration between these bodies, such as Interpol and local police forces, have significantly improved women’s well-being and chances for gender equality.
More media entities and products today feature positive gender images of women, such as empowered celebrity activists or political leaders, thereby facilitating the conditions for gender equality.