ASEAN Life Vol: 2 March - May 2014 - Page 22

© wong sze fei- Fotolia education Myanmar girl using digital tablet pc T here are several movements men should be given the right to education will know how to take care of their calling for gender equality. since they are the ones who provide for the babies or of themselves during However, it is sad to note that family. Women who live in the countryside pregnancy. They will also know not all parts of the world experience it. There are deemed as house helpers and must only how to avoid contacting sexually- are still certain aspects in which women lag serve their husband and children. transmitted diseases (STDs) and run behind men. One of these aspects is a basic right: education. Poverty is a major stumbling block. In the countryside of Laos and Cambodia, the risk of passing it to their children. · Women need higher wages. There Southeast Asian countries have worked people rely on farming for livelihood. Most are a lot of women who are now hard to promote equality in education of them can barely make ends meet. A lot of breadwinners. They can become between men and women. Countries like families do not have access to electricity and excellent providers if they have a job the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia are drinking water. It is, therefore, not surprising that pays well to sustain their needs. among the countries with the closest men to when many people from developed countries This can only happen if they are well- women literacy ratio. Sadly, the same thing conclude that in some Southeast countries, educated. cannot be said for Laos and Cambodia. Those education is not a priority for women. · Sustain access to quality education. from the countryside and ethnic groups In other regions in Southeast Asia, According to studies, women do not have access to education at all. In women are not treated with a great deal of are most likely to spend their Vietnam, there is a significant difference respect compared to men. It goes back again family budget on education above between the numbers of girls having access to the notion that women are inferior to men. everything else. This will assure that to higher education with that of boys. Even This might sound like an ancient issue, but it children of the next generations will in a more economically stable country like still exists in some places. prioritize education. Thailand, there are also a lot of women that do not pursue higher education, especially those in far flung provinces. Why Should Women be Educated? Hopefully, the Southeast Asian countries The inequality in access to education that lag behind in terms of equality in must come to an end.