1. Responsibilities of a democratic nation towards poor families
In the view of social power, democracy has to be based on building faith and confidence in the subjects. Democracy, therefore, needs to be founded on the self-respect and the worth every individual in the collective humanity. In other words, democracy strives to ensure that every social action is in the interest of a simple majority (Gyats, 2012).
In a democratic system, upholding human dignity, rights and freedom is supreme. Every democratic society, therefore, has a myriad of responsibilities towards the poor families. In deed poverty is an enemy that must be fought through all means in our societies. Many citizens live below the world poverty index making the poor to be the majority in most democracies. The government as well as the society should, therefore, ensure that the interest of the poor is well catered for (Atlee, 2008).
The majority in most systems live in extreme poverty. The governments must therefore strive to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor. This is a responsibility that has a lot to entailing the governance systems. The government should ensure that the opportunity is availed equally for both rich and the poor. Education being fundamental need; the government has to ensure that the children ailing from poor backgrounds are given educational opportunities (Atlee, 2008). This is the reason most governments are on the verge of offering free and compulsory education for all mostly targeting the poor families. Moreover, the poor families need to be given protection against exploitation from the rich. Their right and freedom must be guaranteed to ensure that human dignity is upheld (Atlee, 2008).
Therefore, the government should ensure that the provision of health services, educational services, security and protection of the rights of every individual with their jurisdiction without impartiality and favoritism of any kind. The interest of the poor families must, therefore, be guaranteed (Atlee, 2008).
Nevertheless, the society is likely to experience lots of problems if the plight of the poor families is ignored. Social evils and malpractices are likely to be eminent in a society where the poor are ignored. The youths probably will grow into thugs and robbers to derail the security of the society.
2. What men need to know in order to understand gender inequality in the workplace and the family
There are many underlying issues that still drag many societies behind despite the efforts to bring equality. In fact, studies show that women in most societies earn much less than what their male counterparts earn for the same jobs. There are things that men need to know to make them understand the issue of gender inequality (Shriver, 2014). The knowledge of human dignity and worth is a key to sensitizing men to the understanding gender inequality. Men need to know that every human being, young or big, male or female has rights that must be guaranteed at all times. Moreover, issues to do with domestic violence where women are the most affected is against the society norm and values. It is inhuman and demeans human dignity.
The implication of this social issue is the unending poverty and discrimination that in the real sense has no positive contribution to the social growth of the society (Blow, 2014).
Men have remained and have always seen the women as lesser beings that are in some way a liability and not an asset in any way. For this reason, women have remained victims in the hands of ruthless men who have care-free attitudes towards the women (Bilefsky, 2008).
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