Bahrain Women Association for Human Development (BWA) – in response to the frequent requests from women volunteers – conducted “Social Role and Social Justice” workshop presented by Eng. Saba Alasfor, BWA board member on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
BWA has conducted such workshops for different sectors of the society emphasizing on the social role concept, and the impact of education on social culture in promoting citizenship rights. Due to fact that Sex and gender are often confused by many people, Eng. Saba clarified the distinction between sex which refers to the biological differences between men and women born with and can’t be changed by an individual, while gender refers to the socially and culturally prescribed roles that men and women play in society in terms of their contribution in its development and advancement. Gender is learned and earned according to the dominant culture affected by customs, traditions and beliefs; such roles build communities, families and institutions and are subject to change with time, place and culture.
The workshop also clarified the difference between the social role and social justice, as social justice does not mean that men and women become one, nor treated similarly, but it’s about having equal opportunities and chances in life, and the differences in their talents, skills, thoughts and interests are given the same importance. There is no ready-made model to be used to achieve gender equality that matches all societies and cultures. The desired end result is to promote equal opportunities for women and men to choose, and to cooperate together to achieve this objective each in his own domain. It also mean equality in sharing load responsibilities and care in family life, and in the society and in workplace pay and employment equity with equal opportunities for training, development, and promotions.
At the end of the workshop practical outcomes were formulated to: achieve parity between men and women in all life aspects, in home and on the community and national level; eliminate default discriminatory practices in raising our sons and daughters; focus on active citizenship based on equality and justice in the rights and duties.