Views: 646 Ishmael and Gertrude, Accra, Oct 4, 2018, Thur,6:26pm ‘You will become a better human being if you are with a woman who is empowered,’ says...
Ishmael and Gertrude, Accra, Oct 4, 2018, Thur,6:26pm
‘You will become a better human being if you are with a woman who is empowered,’ says an award-winning Ghanaian journalist and writer, Manasseh Azure Awuni.
The top journalist who wrote pretty extensively on gender issues, made the remarks in his presentation at a national Dialogue on unpaid care work, organised by the ActionAid Ghana and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Accra
Meanwhile, it must be noted that SDG 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Mr. Manasseh admonished groups and NGOs in gender advocacy to create platforms to dialogue with media owners, editors, and advertisement agencies on gender mainstreaming or else being business minded known for most media owners; it would be difficult for them to reject especially paid-for-adverts with contents that might end up reinforcing gender bias and stereotype.
Also, he advised gender activists to try to sponsor some movie makers in the country to produce contents that could demonstrate impacts of empowered girls and women in communities. He stressed that it was one thing talking about something and another, demonstrating the talk.
Mr. Manasseh cautioned gender advocates to first lead lives worthy their talks, otherwise their actions would remain counter-productive, and that for his personal principle he was washing his wife’s panties.
Chief of Akwamu Adumasa, Nana Ansah Kwao IV, another male gender activist on the occasion, appealed to the nation to focus on developing both gender, and that balancing the two in terms of roles was very crucial to national development. He said over the years attention of the society had been skewed favourably to the male child.
But now it was very important for all to know that technology was the new drive and that whoever; whether male or female that could manage or apply it well should be given the job.
He cited that more women were now doing jobs first considered male domain.
‘Nobody is growing her daughter for somebody’s kitchen or washing machine, and that parents should train their boys how to do everything.’
He said when boys are giving such training; they would grow to respect and appreciate such jobs, for example cooking, washing, scrubbing and all manners of house chores mostly considered by society as female domain.
He said apart from biological roles such as child bearing; boys and girls, men and women should be able to do almost everything. Being a chief he said yet he was the cook for his family, no more gender roles apart from the biological ones.
He said huge unpaid job against women was a draw back to the whole national development process.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tain District, Madam Charlotte Ofosu said most women were working so harder than their men counterparts to keep their homes, and as a result more of them were not in frontline politics, and their lives were endangered as commitment to their welfare was difficult.
She said there was the need to support more women to become career women so that they could be better positioned to support the developmental agenda.