non-biologically influenced), and to what extent "socially constructed" may be considered synonymous with "arbitrary" or "malleable".
Therefore, a concise authoritative definition of gender roles or gender itself is elusive.
There is ongoing debate as to what extent gender roles and their variations are biologically determined, and to what extent they are socially constructed.
Various groups, most notably the feminist movement, have led efforts to change aspects of prevailing gender roles that they believe are oppressive or inaccurate.
During the plenary discussion, members of the council explored the theme of "the Role of women in educating in universal fraternity." In his speech, Pope Francis said the topic is "of prime importance for the path of humanity toward peace and fraternity; a path which is not at all obvious and clear, but marked by difficulty and obstacles." "Unfortunately today we see how the figure of woman as an educator in universal fraternity is blurred and often unrecognized due to many evils that afflict this world and which, in particular, affect women in their dignity and in their role," he said, noting that women and children are the most frequent victims of the "blind violence" that takes place in the world today.
Women throughout the world, in many ways, do not enjoy full freedom and protection under the law (see Women's rights).
Men and women in non-traditional gendered occupations, from top left to bottom right, or top to bottom (mobile): a male midwife in Oslo, Norway; women being sworn into the Afghan National Police; a woman doing construction work in the Solomon Islands; a male kindergarten teacher in Colorado Springs, U. playing the ukulele although there are exceptions and variations.
The specifics regarding these gendered expectations may vary substantially among cultures, while other characteristics may be common throughout a range of cultures.
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "Today more than ever it's necessary that women are present," the Pope said June 9.
"Woman, possessing special characteristics, can offer an important contribution to dialogue with her ability to listen, to welcome and to generously open herself to others." Francis spoke to members of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who are gathered in Rome for their annual plenary assembly.
While shabbat is a ritual rooted in Judaism, Ms Fife says her Kesher, which involves music, spoken word, meditation and food, is open to all faiths."It's something I call Jew-niversalism," she says."I consider Kesher to be post-denominational, so it means we've moved beyond the need to identify Jewishly how people practice or what their origin is."And we're non-institutional, which means there is no expectation about how one might be dressed, how one might sit, stand, move or otherwise." The presence of females in religious rituals and leadership roles is also central to Ms Fife's belief system.