Gráinne Burke, Laura Mulhall
Aoife Wosser, Sarah Louise O’Callaghan
Jennifer McHugh, Hannah Lyons and Anna Murnaghan
What we have done so far
• In Transition year this year we have focused on Development
• As part of our study of Development Education, we were introduced to
the eight Millennium Development Goals, which are a set of aims to
transform the lives of millions of people in developing countries and
they were established by the UN to be reached by 2015.
• We were put into groups and each group chose a goal we would like to
• Following on from this, we were delighted when Darren Irvine gave us
an inspirational presentation on the Schools Across Borders initiative.
• We referred to the Schools Across Borders website to answer the
questions on the Progress Report Sheets. This research along with our
own personal interest led to our decision to choose the topic of Gender
What is gender inequality and
why did we pick it?
• Gender inequality is the difference between women and
men in regard to social, political, economic, or other
attainments or attitudes, or the problem perceived to
exist because of such difference.
• We picked this topic because it
affects us in our local community,
nationally and internationally. We
found it very interesting because
gender inequality is still a huge issue
in today’s society even though it may
seem both men and women are
treated the same
Facts about gender inequality in
• Middle East: In Saudi Arabia, men have the right to twice the
inheritance women are allowed, and women are obliged to have
a tutor accompany them for many daily tasks in life.
• Africa: Over 22 million people suffer with HIV in Sub Saharan
Africa. Women are affected more than men. HIV is most
common among young people, 75% of which are women.
• North America: Every minute and a half, a woman is
raped in the USA
• South America: The amount of parliamentary seats
occupied by women in Colombia is decreasing with
currently only 8% in comparison to 11% in 1995.
Facts about gender inequality
• Central America and The
Caribbean: Around 5,000
children are involved in human
trafficking in Mexico.
• Europe: Women earn only 76% of men's gross hourly
pay (EU average) for the same job
• Australia and Pacific: Women continue to suffer
sorcery abuse in countries such as Papua New Guinea.
About 150 women are killed each year for allegedly
• Asia: Thousands of women in Asia die each year as a
result of "honour killings," where a young woman is
punished or killed by male family members for putting
shame on the family honour.
• An example of gender inequality in government is
that there is a higher percentage of men than women
in the Dáil and Seanad.
• One statistic stated that only 13% of women were
represented in the Dáil.
• There hasn’t yet been a female Taoiseach.
• Sports clubs in our areas put the majority of focus and
resources on the boys teams, for example, there are more
age groups made available to boys in the local football
• In our local secondary schools, choices are different for
the boys school and the girls school. Woodwork,
Metalwork and Technology drawing are available to boys
and not girls, whereas Home economics is available for