008 - Gender and Change

Syllabus Point

Examine (AO3) gender inequalities in culture, status, education, birth ratios, health, employment, empowerment, life expectancy, family size, migration, legal rights and land tenure.

Taken From: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Gender_Inequality.jpg

Key Terminology

  • Examine
  • Gender inequality
  • Culture
  • Birth ratios
  • Empowerment
  • Land tenure

Define the key terms above using the 'Command Term' posters in the classroom, your 'Geography Course Companion' text book and the useful links provided below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Describe

  1. Looking at the image below describe where gender equality is close to reality.
  2. Can you give any reasons why equality may happen in these countries?
  3. Do any of the results surprise you?
  4. Try and explain your answer to question 3.
  5. Using the link below the image write down the five countries which have the least amount of gender equality.
  6. Why do you think these countries may not support or be able to focus on gender rights.
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Useful Links

Activity Two - Watch

  • Watch the TedTalk below and write down in what ways gender inequality is often seen as a 'blame' game and how Janet Crawford suggests we should move towards positive action through engagement and curiosity.
  • As a statistician what is Hans Rosling's take on gender inequality?

Activity Three - Explain

The group will be divided in to small teams (or as individuals) to research how a specific factor of factors in the syllabus point impacts gender equality. Remember it is good to have an example of a country to illustrate where these factors are impacting gender equality.


      1. Culture and Status
      2. Education and family size
      3. Birth ratios, health and life expectancy
      4. Employment and migration
      5. Empowerment
      6. Legal rights and land tenure.

Useful Resources

The following links could be used for almost all of the points although there is a large focus on education.

Exam Style Question

Examine the view that gender inequalities are a major obstacle to development. (15 marks)