Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, activities and attributes that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women, explains the World Health Organization. The distinct roles, reinforced by legal systems and religion, have historically given rise to gender inequalities not only in health care but with education and employment opportunities. Globalization has challenged the most archaic perceptions of gender roles through books, films and other media; new technologies in satellite television and the internet; policies of multinational corporations and tourism. Human rights groups reach across borders to lend support and inspiration to those in other lands; the United Nations and other international target gender equality as a major goal.

Saudis Behead an Indonesian Maid

Outrage over a woman’s story could lead to new protections for migrants
June 26, 2011

Driving Campaign for Saudi Women Challenges Custom

Testing religious edicts, women find safety in numbers
Mohammed Jamjoom
June 21, 2011

Is Growth Incomplete Without Social Progress?

Growth alone does not ease poverty
Ejaz Ghani
May 4, 2011

The Indian Exception

Bureaucratic food programs do not teach new habits that could reduce malnutrition rates
April 12, 2011

China Considers Relaxing One-Child Policy

China is confident about controlling a baby boom
Tania Branigan
March 24, 2011