Gender discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfairly solely on the basis of their gender. Then the skills, abilities and circumstances in which young girls find themselves, for example, are not judged objectively, but instead are stereotyped.

Discrimination can take many forms and can be intentional or unintentional. The consequences of discrimination are exclusion and rejection of people and disregard for their rights. Cases of discrimination must always be challenged – both by those affected and bystanders. When discrimination is unintentional, reacting to it can quickly cause the problem to be resolved. Intentional discrimination requires more people, time, effort, and sometimes lawsuits, for justice to prevail. Passive attitude and lack of reaction would mean silent consent and acceptance of discrimination practices.

Authors and participants: Alexander Dimitrov, Magdalena Georgieva, students from Secondary school “Ivan Vazov”, the town of Varshets

With the participation of Petar Valchev, film director

Discussion questions:

1/ Think of different cases and discuss different forms of manifestation of gender discrimination, which can be defined as intentional and unintentional.

2/ Which provisions of the national legislation relate to women’s rights and the elimination of gender discrimination?