Ending discrimination – how can we do it?

What is being done to improve education opportunities for girls? The Education for All (EFA) movement is a global strategy involving a set of goals aimed at providing quality primary education for all children, youth and adults. There are six EFA goals to be achieved by 2015.

Three of these goals specifically relate to addressing inequalities between the opportunities for education that boys have compared to girls:

E.F.A. Goal 2
Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality.

E.F.A. Goal 4
Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults.

E.F.A. Goal 5
Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality.


What role does technology play in achieving equal opportunities for girls? What obstacles must be overcome? What needs to be understood culture? What questions need to be asked? Post your thoughts on this.

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41 thoughts on “Ending discrimination – how can we do it?

  1. Why are they mainly aiming at girls? i think that they should be aiming to improve the education for every body because every one should be gettig an equal amount of education. i think it is a good idea to improve the education but i think that a goal for primary kids should be getting ready for high school. what i mean by that is at the end of year 6 they should be getting there information ready so in year 7 they dont strugle. the teachers are a big impact on the kids education so they should hire only the best teachers that suit the role.

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    • “Why are they mainly aiming at girls?” That’s a good question Jesse. There are six goals in total and only goal 5 is almost exclusively about girls. Two others do mention “particularly” girls as if the goal is more about girls than boys. I wonder why an organisation with as much insight as the United Nations is not just trying to improve education for all, but has a special focus on girls. There must be a good reason for it? I wonder what the reason is?

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  2. Discrimanation agianst girls is not good, well it’s not good to anyone. As it was said in a reply on the ‘Ban Women From University’ blog, women do 66 percent of work in the world, but they only earn 10 percent of the total income, which is not fair. I think that people should be recognised for what they do, and in this case, women should get a better pay and more recognition.

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  3. I really like the responses from previous comments, I agree with them wholeheartedly, as I believe that EVERYBODY is entitled to a proper education, especially the women in Iran that are being rejected from the university courses. Education is a basic human right and it should be considered a crime to deprive them of that basic knowledge

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  4. Everyone deserves to get an education because it is needed to succeed in life. I think that even though women do get discriminated against the focus should be on everyone having an education and not mainly for girls and women. Some people still need to understand that women are just as capable as men and should have equal opportunities to learn and be educated. To get rid of discrimination there should be laws and more education provided to everyone about these issues.

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  5. there isnt really a way that we can end discrimination so yeah. But we can start jailing people for dirscrimination if it has proof that it has been done. We cant stop people from thinking their own thoughts on other religions or anything.

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    • True Brianna, we can’t stop people from thinking their own thoughts. Perhaps though we can influence the way they think through education about what discrimination is and the impact that it has on those who are discrimated against? Do you think that would help reduce discrimination?

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  6. Discrimination is not something that we can just click our fingers and it will stop. Discrimination is an individual thing that only we can stop ourselves. We need to understand that discrimination is our thoughts not everybody’s thoughts. If we want to put an end to discrimination we need to stop judging people and just accept them for who they are.

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  7. I guess it’s a given that many cultures and traditions widespread all over the world may have some sort of discrimination against women. It still happends today, in small, discreet forms. I believe that the whole world will be able to give all levels of education to girls in this century – the world has changed so much, it’s very likely to happen. With the rise of technology, more people need to be edcuated, and not all of them can be boys, can they? Eventually, the societies that discriminate against women will let them have an education or will receive some sort of warning from UN (that is a likely result as well.)

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  8. So it looks like everyone agrees that discrimination is unacceptable. Everyone also agrees that access to education is something all should have available to them.

    The question remains though – HOW can we end discrimination? What is required? What action can we take that might make things better?

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  9. Discrimination of all types is intended to help you see that each of us plays an important role in ending discrimination against those with whom we live and work. Although it seems as if the reasons we should be concerned about ending discrimination are so obvious they need not be stated, I think it’s important that we keep in mind how damaging discrimination really is. The list of why discrimination is wrong is long. We should try and be more aware of discrimination, When you witness it, ask yourself if there is anything you can do personally to remedy the situation. Then do it!

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    • Well said Bereket! 🙂 It does come down to each of us and our level of tolerance of discrimination. The more people who will not tolerate it, the greter the pressure upon those who practice it to STOP practicing it!

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  10. There is always going to be discrimination because parents discriminate and children think it is the right thing to do and it just continues. It is just a vicious circle. But 1 person can still make a difference in the world. 1 person is one person less. Everybody that discriminates just needs to open their eyes and realise it is just not fair to discriminate because of religion or race.

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    • That is an insightful comment Hayden. The only person you really have any control over is yourself. Maybe if you take the position that discrimination is unacceptable, then others may think about their attitudes and change for the better? Who knows?

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  11. they are being very sexist and girls should get educated no matter what. Why do people always seem to be aiming at girls to not get educated , to not be accepted into universities and all. They should let everyone and anyone get educated no matter who they are every one has the right to learn. Girl, boy , african, australian no matter what. We should asll get an equal oprtunity.

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  12. I think that the only way to end discrimination is to strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws regarding the discrimination of women and heavily fine or in the worse cases, arrest the culprit displaying discriminatory behaviour and put them in jail. I think that this will send out the message that discrimination is wrong and that it will not be tolerated anywhere and that you can’t get way with discriminating against others. You can’t treat someone or act as if they’re inferior to you because they’re of a different gender to you and hopefully stricter enforcement of anti-discrimination laws will show that everyone is equal.

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  13. Discrimination against women is wrong and unneeded but in saying that there is too much of it and too little of what we can create to stop it. We can’t stop people from having opinions towards certain rights etc. To be honest it’s just basically being sexist towards women saying that women are not as good as males but it’s not true any women that want education should be eligible to get it, equally opportunities is what is needed and by enforcing laws of something with discrimination should be put into place.

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  14. Everyone deserves to get an education in there life because we are all equal and no one is different it is needed to succeed in life and get somwewhere and do great thiongs. I think that even though women do get discriminated against the focus should be on everyone having an education and not mainly for girls and women. Some people still need to understand that women are just as capable as men and should have equal opportunities to learn and be educated. They can do the same things men can and they are more then capable of possibly doing it better. Discrimination will never die out but it can be reduced by laws and more education opertunities.

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  15. i dont see why they are mainly depriving the women of education, i dont think that they should just drop the mens, but both genders should get given the same amount of respect and be able to sit and learn in a class room, so they can have a brighter future.

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  16. discrimination is wrong on many levels, if you see discrimation in process you should definantly put yourself in their position, think about how it would feel being them, and try and stop it. discrimation happens world wide, it needs to stop it is ruining people’s live. discrimination is not only held agaisnt women, men get dicriminated too.

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  17. Discrimination against women is not right, everyone should be treated equally, they shouldnt be discriminated because of their gender, everyone should be treated equally. Women want to go as far in future as men, and they cant do that if there is discrimination, but their will always be discrimination, you cant just stop it.

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  18. Everyone deserves to be educated not just men. But not letting women get educated is wrong. Both genders derserve equal rights to an education. It can also effect the economy the more jobs their are the money thats getting put back in to the economy. Why just discriminate against women. Everyone should just respect eachother then the world would be a good place.

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  19. It has been mentioned multiple times, but everyone does deserve to be educated, even girls. I don’t like that in a lot of the goals it says ‘especially women’ or ‘particularly girls’, education should already be provided to girls. To stop discrimination we could start fining people for doing it, we could jail people, there are multiple answers to discrimination but if people aren’t getting punished for doing it, then everyone is going to start to think that it’s okay. Just thinking about it isn’t going to fix the problem, the government need to make a move and prove that their good people and don’t just care about money and themselves.

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    • Part of the problem Chelsea is that if we look at discrimination in its various forms on a global scale there are significant differences between countries. Regarding discrimination against women in particular it is perhaps difficult for young Australian women today to think that females are treated any differently to males in the workplace. However, if you ask any older women they will tell you that it is not so long ago that women were heavily discriminated against. Earning less money for the same job was just one expression of this discrimination.

      Have a look at this 1944 USA Government film designed to give men advice on how to handle the “problem” of female workers in the workplace. Supervising Women Workers (1944) In the movie factory foreman Joe learns that women are “not naturally familiar with mechanical principles”, that they must have everything explained down to the last detail, that they are naturally jealous, among other things. Sexist comments are rife throughout, but look for other forms of discrimination too. This movie reflected the world young peoples’ grandmothers grew up in. Australia has come a long way since then. Many countries have not. So there still needs to be a special focus on addressing discrimination against women in these countries.

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  20. As mentioned in many other comments, most likely all of them. Everyone has a right to learn and receive education. EVERYONE. A way to stop discrimination is to not just sit around and ‘point it out’. We HAVE to do something. Discrimination effects everyone, in many different ways and forms, but it is still considered discrimination for it discriminates a certain person or group. I agree with Chelsea that there should be some sort of punishments. But how would we be able to fine people for discrimination; how much of what someone does would be considerable for a fine? – I love the idea by the way.

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  21. everyone has the right to learn and have a good education. discrimination needs to be stopped it effects everybody. just because people are look different or sound different doesn’t mean they should have people discriminate them. if you are discriminating people you should be punished because it is a bad thing to do.

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  22. Everyone deserves the right for a good education. Countries in Asia don’t have that and here in Australia it sometimes can be taken for granted. Gender shouldn’t have to take a role in a person’s education but sadly it is. In other countries they have laws about what women can and can’t do and that is because of how their country already was. Jobs that women specialise in can be ended because they aren’t properly educated. I wish there was something we could do here to reduce the number of illiterate adults.

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  23. Discrimanation agianst girls is not good, well it’s not good to anyone. As it was said in a reply on the ‘Ban Women From University’ blog, women do 66 percent of work in the world, but they only earn 10 percent of the total income, which is not fair. I think that people should be recognised for what they do, and in this case, women should be praised a must be paid more for the substanitail work they do

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  24. Discrimination is a serious issue in our society and it cant always be fixed with the click of our fingers. I definatelty agree with everyones comments against discrimination towards women 100 percent. It’s not fair at all because women should get equall education and scholarships to Universities aswell as Men. I wonder if the UN knows of this because im curious to find out what they will do to fix the problem.

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  25. Discrimination to girls is sexist; everyone has the right to learn it’s the only way to succeed in life. Discrimination is bad in total, it shouldn’t be happening at all. Being well educated helps people to achieve their future careers and jobs, jobs that women have could be ended because of the lack of education. It’s good to see that the EFA is taking action by providing good education for all children, youth and adults.

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  26. Everyone needs an education, not just men, not just women, but there is only a finite split between the two without become sexist to one gender, if females get more attention in this situation, men will retaliate, vice versa. But trying to give women more rights through this could be a good idea, but in those three goals they all have “girls” and “women” written into them as if they require more attention, it needs more of a controlled balance.

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    • Good point Kyle. We do need a fine balance. Unfortunately in this case it looks like the balance has been heavily weighted against women in some countries and it is requiring a lot of effort to correct it!

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  27. I think that a woman is just as capable as succeeding as a man is. It’s incredible what Nick said how “women do 66 per cent of work in the world, but they only earn 10 precent of the total income” that’s crazy! How is it that women do 66 per cent of work yet they are continually discriminated against as being deemed less capable than a man? Everyone should have an equal go at an education only for some reason women have to fight so much harder than men to the education they want and deserve. Everyone should have the right to succeed in the world.

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  28. Discrimination can’t and won’t be stopped. It’s always been there and unfortunately always will be.I agree with Tory, Education is a basic human right and everybody should be taught equally no matter what gender, everybodys human, we all should have the right to be able to learn the same things without something silly (such as the gender) being in the way!

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  29. As most students have said I agree that they should not just focus on the girls education but on improving the education for every child whether they are in primary school or high school and that it is a basic human right to have an education and be able to learn. Discrimination is a really bad thing and its happening all around us, no matter what we do it will always be around, but it comes down to an individual to stop discriminating and make a difference. It may take a while but all it takes is for one person to make difference and change the way they act and the more people may follow and also realize that discrimination is not okay.

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  30. Discrimination has always been around and always will be. We all want to stop it but people just won’t listen, they will always have some kind of opinion on you. Why is the education focussed on mostly girls? It doesn’t matter if it’s girls or boys they all deserve a normal and good education. Everyone has a right to succeed and be treated as an equal. Why do men get it so much easier compared to women? I’m sure that women work just as hard as men, but still have to work harder to succeed it just doesn’t make any sense.

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  31. I think that discrimination against anyone isn’t good particularly women. It is very good that this organization has goals to ending discrimination because this isn’t any problem that you can fix in a day it takes a while. We need to stop judging people because of who they are and we all need to think more positively.

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  32. I think that discrimination is an on-going problem that will never be fixed. People have been warned and warned and convienced to stop, but there will always be people that continue to do it because they think they are better than everyone else and it’s alright because it’s not them that it’s happening to. Girls should not have a more focused education than men because it’s embarrassing to think that our sex is known to be needing extra help. Male and female is just a gender, we are all human beings, we all deserve the same respect.

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  33. I believe that everybody is entitled to a proper education, especially the women who live in countries such as Iran that are being rejected from the university courses because of their gender. Education should be recognized as a basic human right and it should be considered a crime to deprive any person of that basic knowledge, no matter what their gender or race may be.

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