Definitions for gender, sex and gender balance

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Hi Simonda, I have read through the materials and i must say, its pretty interesting to know about the issues of gender and how often the terms of gender and sex have been misinterpreted. I take keen interest in these issues. In my own definition, gender means acquired roles that someone receives in a community they are born they can be changed ,sex means male or female,i.e, you are either born male or female, you can not change who you are and gender equality means equal opportunities for both males and female

Belinda (talk)23:03, 14 January 2011

Belinda thank you for that. I didnt know the exact definition of gender. it is a word commonly used but with no proper meaning.

Ktembo (talk)23:18, 14 January 2011

Hi Belinda,

Thank you for your message and to realise how knowledgable on issues of gender and in particular to the definitions on gender and sex. I totally agree with you that gender roles can be changed if people want because there are no biological or sex elements in them. For example, both a man and a woman can carry out household chores such as drawing water, collecting fuirewood, taking care of children, cooking, tending to farming activities etc whereas, sex/bilogical roles such as breastfeeding a baby, getting pregnant can not bechanged to bo done by men. Equally pregnanting a woman can only be done by a man who biologically is the one who produces sperms. kindly also look at the discussion that I sent to K. Tembo on the definitions. Good luck.--Simonda 10:28, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Simonda (talk)23:28, 14 January 2011