Promoting Gender Equality in my Community

What is the injustice we are solving?
The very issue of gender equality become topical as any other issue since the society we belong holds it’s own believe on this. I believe this issue is critical to the entire African continent however, because of my inexperience in other African countries lands I will focus more on the high level of inequality across the length and breadth of the country I belong, Ghana.
Gender equality, also known as sexual equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender. Gender equality between men and women, entails the concept that all human beings, both men and women, are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices. Gender equality means that the different behavior, aspirations and needs of women and men are considered, valued and favored equally. It does not mean that women and men have to become the same, but that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities.

I believe the very core of society which is family has been the orchestrators of this. In the typical home of Ghana, parents think the boy-child is better than the girl-child. Before birth, parents are anxious to have their first born as male child and when it’s come true the child is treated as a king. The girl child is make to do almost all the household chores while the boy is seen by his books. This tends to be serious especially when some demeaning statement are made that the girl is created for the kitchen and the boy for books. The repel effect is that, the girl is denied access to education and her little fate lies in the activities of the kitchen while the boy child is encouraged to push through the ladder of education.

Though I have not live long enough to witness the high level of inequality that is gaining grounds in my country, I have come to appreciate the extent to which inequality manifest itself in our society. In various schools which my school Mataheko R/C is not an exception, boys think they are better and believe to be smarter than the feminine child in class. This is equally exhibited outside class rooms when teachers are to pick students randomly for a school program, more emphasis is placed on boys and eventually majority appears to be boys while the girls are silent.

This turns to be true at the national level, when women suffer in the hand of men who are supposed to be their husbands who treat their wives with no respect and maltreat them as slaves.
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Amani A.

February 23, 2018

Hi Angela, any updates on your project, please? Gender equality is a very important issue. Do you have a deep understanding of how to solve this issue?

We would encourage everyone who is at this stage of their project to work towards deepening their understanding of the injustice they are focusing on. It would be great to talk to other people in your community and try to understand their perspective or other people who are trying to solve the same justice or/and people who are already working to solve this injustice.
Also, use the problem and solution tree to discover the root causes and consequences of your chosen injustice and it will guide you to more solutions. Here are some resources on how to do that: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion

Please let us know how can we help.
Amani A.

February 01, 2018

Angela, welcome to Peace First Community! I so grateful to read your project, gender equality is an issue that exists in every society but at different levels! It's obvious to me that you have a clear understanding of the issue based on your observations from your community. Please tell us about your solution to this injustice and do you have a team to help in implementing the project? Please let us know how can we help.