With just a few days left before the end of the discussions, let us share ideas on strategies to ensure gender equality at our homes and workplaces. Here are a few highlights from WhatsApp:
Emmanuel Asamoah: We are four, two guys and two ladies. My father never discriminated but gave us equal opportunity. I cook and wash as a male child and same to my sisters.
The one after me has her Masters and teaching in a secondary school. The last born who is a lady is doing degree in public health.
I have two kids thus Barbara and Michelle. Very intelligent and lovely. Doing my best to give them the best of care and education.
My point is, I personally come from a background where we give the female the chance, respect and an equal opportunity and even more support therefore, that culture is a part of me.
As a programs manager I personally ensured the recruitment of five ladies in my office of which four run programs.
I ensured that the sport department run with a lady who is just not a team member but has a daily slot.
I also for the first time made a lady to host our Agric show.
I have had to come in and ensure that guys who disrespect the ladies stop. I have received several reports from the male colleges that the ladies do not respect but when ever I look into the matter, I see no breach of company rules but all I hear is they don’t respect.
I have always given them my support and to say, used the company same rules to defend and protect them to have a safe mind to operate.
Sometimes, I see the dominance of the male at play when you place a lady above them and they try to call for respect and will not regard the fact that the lady is just playing her role per company mandate.
Busi N: Thank you for sharing Emmanuel, hopefully we will get more people sharing ideas of ensuring gender equality at home and at work. Indeed it starts with us giving equal opportunities to all
Somed: Thank you @Emmanuel Asamoah Radio 1 for sharing these wonderful gender equality initiatives you have championed at your radio station. In fact I have listened to one of your programs while in Tamale and I must say you’re a great broadcaster. To add to the points you and, @Busi N raised, there are a few other ways we can change our radio programming to reflect the ideals of gender equality and increase women’s participation in our programs. They include but not limited to observing the the following:
Using a separate phone-in line for women callers.
Producers and hosts going out to meet women farmers.
Producers seek out women who are comfortable speaking on air
Interviews with women should be done in groups.
Providing a mobile phone to women in remote areas.
Use women’s farming words and terminologies.
Allowing a woman to speak anonymously in special situations.
Change how you interview male experts and male farmers.
Joshua Baba Madaki: This is a critical aspect of ensuring gender equality at home and in the work place.
When parents give premium to only male children and prioritising their importance as heir apparents other than women alike, it sure breeds disparity, creates inferiority complex and deepens stereotyping.
There is a family I know that gave birth to 5 daughters only, he openly declared that what these daughters are to him is same as the male children God has given him. He declares that he afford them adequate education to compete favourably with their male counterparts.
I grew up in a family of nine 6 boys 3 girls where all home chores were abrogated to all of us irrespective of gender: we wash dishes, sweep the compound, make beds, go to farm, take the animals (goats) out, cooking - above all our parents mandated education and skills/trade to balance our understanding in livelihood.
Parents should avoid discriminatory attitudes to their male or female children.
In the place of work, I want to bring this example of the Nigerian Army that deployed 300 female soldiers last month to boost the security on Kaduna Abuja road in Nigeria - these female soldiers were seen on Hilux Vans with female drivers, and those manning the weapons on the vehicles. It drew the attention of many who unfortunately having the stereotypical mindset of why should the female soldiers be sent on a kidnapping zone, that what their male counterparts couldn’t achieve would they be able to contend with the challenge of kidnapping and banditary on that road?
I think the message of gender equality is gradually driving home in Nigeria, we have women as captains of industries, CEOs in various organizations and levels.
In broadcasting, it is imperative to engage male and female both as producers, presenters, reporters, engineers/technicians etc. Engaging all gender in carrying out the above will ensure balance in a program where either interviews, features, talks, etc will reflect the very best listenership for the audience.
I have over time deploy the use of “gifts” of airtime (recharge card) to first female caller on any program to create a competition and to spur their interest in participation in our station.
I strongly believe going forward the issue of gender equality will be wearing a new look.
Yeah, women participation is a great idea via speaking on air as guests and interviews.
Dedicating a particular phone line to women is also a panacea for gender equality in order to avoid male dominance.
Although, the issue of buying phones to women in remote areas is a nice idea but whose responsibility is it to buy the phone, recharge for them? Community Radio Station like ours is battling with fueling the daily broadcast, and the volunteers have not been paid a dime since 2017 how much more of buying phones for women?
Blessing: Hi Busi,hi everyone. I really want to appreciate Busi for driving this great discussion around gender equality. Apologies please🙏 I have been quite busy with planning on activities,though I have been following but not able to contribute.
I think that majorly,our mentality towards gender discussion is very important to shaping our reality. How we think and whatwe think about, actually controls how we view reality which in turn affects how we behave towards the other gender. It starts with all of us who are here irrespective of culture,race or religion. If we think that God created everyone equal,black or white,male or female,it shapes the way we see and behave towards others, from our families to the work place to the larger society.So each one,tell one
With time,it goes round. Thank you.