The first Curtis Haven session was held at Impact hub on the subject, “Gender Equality”. It was such an eye opening and enlightening experience. I realized that there was way more we needed to learn as young people on the issues of gender equality and gender equity.
When the subject was introduced we tried to hear several opinions on what the underlying word ‘gender’ meant. We realized that quite a number of people kept confusing gender identity with sexual orientation. It was also very clear that it’s quite difficult for the young people gathered which I believe was a clear representation of young people in Ghana to see beyond certain social constructs that have been normalized over the years and that made the conversation on gender equality pretty interesting.
It was at this meeting that I realized that a lot of people contributed to the retrogression of the fight for gender equality unknowingly. Gender, being the roles assigned by society based on a person’s sex (male or female) is the grass root of gender inequality. When mum asks Adwoa to sweep in spite of her strength and ability to weed and asks Kwadjo to weed while he lacks the strength and skill to do it is the perfect breeding grounds for gender inequality. Our inability to see people without the mental expectations and limitations of them based on their sex is and has always been our problem as a society in the fight for gender equality.
We need to realize that people are beings with their own individuality(strengths, weaknesses and preferences) that need to be respected, seen and heard. Getting our minds to that point of NOT treating people based on what’s in between their thighs is the beginning of gender equality for Ghana (Africa).
So this discussion went on to raise a topic about the fact that some people are born as intersex ( a particular sex having a part or whole sexual organ of the opposite sex) who have to surgically and socially make a choice which may not necessarily be fitting the gender chosen. This brought deep enlightenment on the fact that gender equality problems and issues goes beyond what we’ve always thought.
Much has been done in achieving Gender Equality, but more needs to be done in the area of education at both basic and primary levels. Parents and family should help in the upbringing of children to really understand and know who they are and not assigning roles and responsibilities based on their Gender. Society also has a critical role to play when it comes to achieving gender equality.
Gender equality can only be achieved when women are liberated from all forms of violence and abuse, have full representation at every decision level. Women should be empowered and given the opportunity to explore and bring solutions to their own challenges. Our education or textbooks and teachers should be targeted at how best to bring equity to Gender.
We need each other in the quest to achieve Gender Equality. You can help by pushing any of the share button below to educate somebody. Much thanks to our Noble facilitator’s Edith Asamani, Akosua Agyepong and Paapa Akoto Amoafo and other guests who graced the event.
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