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Under the influence of their environment people receive pictures through which certain images are created. These pictures are picked up via amongst other things education, school, religion and the media. Images of men and women often do not reflect equality. Women and women's activities are often considered inferior to men and men's activities. On a decision making level women are often treated as unequal interlocutors. Women are more frequently than men depicted and looked at in a sexist manner. Traffic in women increasingly takes place.

Women are sold as if they were merchandise and are consequently used and abused. Keeping the house (which still belongs to the domain of women) is considered of little importance and occupational groups in which many women are represented (nursing, child care etc.) are paid less in relation to similar occupational groups in which many men are represented. People still create standard images which affect both women and men. Through various channels (amongst which the media) everybody continues to hear and see that women are ultimately responsible for keeping the house and taking care of the children whether or not they earn wages. Moreover, they have to be beautiful, sensitive and a good wife.

Men for their part are responsible for the family income, a full-time job and making a career.

The image created of allochtonous women in the Netherlands and of women in the South is also biased. People in the Netherlands often asssume that any other culture is more oppressive towards women than their own culture, that things look worse for women in the South than for women in the North and that they have less authority than women living in the Western world.

Women in Gelderland believe that government policy must be aimed at breaking through standard images of women and men. In addition, measures should be taken to encourage equality between men and women.

Women in Gelderland suggest the following measures to break through standard images:

Standard images are unconciously transmitted to children in all sorts of ways. Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to this in schools. That is why women in Gelderland propose the following measures:

The social and political participation of women lags behind those of men. Women are still underrepresented in official bodies where decision making processes take place. To change this women in Gelderland suggest the following: Women in Gelderland give the following recommendations to promote equality between women and men:
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