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Половата поделба на трудот - фактор на женската дискриминација
Gender division of labor - Factor of discrimination against women

Author(s): Suzana Simonovska
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Civil Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Labor relations, Human Resources in Economy
Published by: Филозофскиот факултет во Скопје
Keywords: gender division of labour; gender roles; discrimination against women; male domination; gender equality;

Summary/Abstract: Gender division of labour is a key category when trying to explain women’s role in all social relations. The position held by individuals in the distribution of power is a direct result of the position they hold in the division of labour. That is why this study is focused on the causes which bring about gender segregation and establish male domination. Through analyses of the biosocial conditions for the gender division of labour and the valued opinions of “man’s” and “woman’s” place in all cultural and economic aspects of human life, the aim is to uncover the hidden mechanisms of discrimination against women. The attempt at such a transhistorical generalization of the gender relations is aimed at uncovering the existing gender hierarchy which still exists in Macedonia, despite all the laws for equality between men and women. In order to explain the gender asymmetry, one of the issues which this study focuses on is: How much does education, as one of the key segments in the social processes, contribute to gender equality / inequality and to gender sensitization of young people as a condition of strengthening gender equality? Taking into account the term division of labour as a key category, this study contains: a short historical retrospect of the biosocial conditions for the division of labour according to gender and the roles of the genders; valued opinions as a factor in gender division of labour and creating stereotypes of men’s and women’s professions; women’s labour and their social status; men’s domination and the division of labour; education as a factor in strengthening gender equality / inequality.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 219-230
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Macedonian