Week One - Introduction to discussion on gender

Hi am Afia from Ghana Regional officer in charge of Woman in Agricultural Development of the Department of Agriculture. I humbled to be part of this noble platform of learned Women and Men. I have a little question to ask us all. The question is can Africa achieve Gender Equality?

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@afiaasokua…that sounds like a multi-billion-dollar question. But my answer will be that: “why not!”

Africa has come far as a continent. Tremendous strides have been made. However, there is more room for improvement. I believe you would agree with me that gender-related issues, as was treated three or four decades ago is not the same now.

Little conversations and conscious efforts from us, societies, key stakeholders and governments can make a lot of difference, and better elevate gender equality to another level.

This is my view, but what do you think?@afiaasokua.

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United Nations have a lot of work to do, it also seems their legislative instruments are limited pertaining influence on Nations. The media as mouthpiece of every nation must work assiduously with other concerned organisations to educate on the effects of gender inequality.

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Yes I agree with you, but on the other hand females or better still woman who are the victims of gender inequality should first of all liberate ourselves from our minds. We should desist from being over dependent on men and being to see ourselves as capable. I feel very uncomfortable when I hear woman say that they have to depend entirely on a man for daily bread. Am afraid we have to strive hard to get our own pizza so that with or without the bread from men we should be able to survive. Thank you

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My name is SUNGUMO DAUDA IBRAHIM Jurnalist and a reporter from Wa in the upper west region,I work with W93.5 fm am the of Agric today program at Wfm.
My view on gender equality is a situation where men and women have equal opportunity to access resources.but some times women are their own enemies,in that they don’t support their own is only lip service.

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Hi everyone,
I’m Eric Opa Doue from Liberia. My concern for the weekend: I believe Gender should be an important consideration in development. It should be a way of looking at how social norms and power structures impact on the lives and opportunities available to different groups of men and women. But globally, more women than men live in poverty, why is that so?

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Hello everyone, my name is Mariama Sowe, FRI Consultant/Radio Project Officer for the 240 DLC Sierra Leone. I had the opportunity to work with FRI last Sept. I must confess it’s a great opportunity and a learning process. I’ve been in the Media for over 11years and mainly as a broadcaster. Before joining FRI, I was the Initiative for Media Development Sierra Leone (Imdev SL). What IMdev does is quite similar to FRI because they provide capacity building for radio stations that are gender responsive. For me Gender is defined as the defined roles and responsibilities by our community for boys/girls. Women/men. Gender equality is giving people equal right irrespective of their gender. I am very happy to be here because when I hear about gender equality, I become inspired. I come from an ethnic group where in gender equality is not common. As a broadcaster, my areas of reporting were always around gender equality and women’s rights. Thank you all , looking forward to more interactions.

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Hello everyone ,
My is Edwin Mpokasye s station manager at Radio Fadhila in South- Eastern Tanzania and also I am farmers friends. Also I am a producer of ’ Agriculture is my business. I hope to learn about gender in this forum. to what I understand it gender equality is equal participation in many different sphere of life.

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Hi everyone,

My name is Abdul Nazeef Mohammed, I reside in Wa, in the upper west region of Ghana. I work with W935fm in Wa (the voice of upper west), Host programmes, also the production head of ‘Agric Today’ and other related Agric businesses etc

Most grateful to be here and hope to learn more about the topic as tendered for discussion.

Gender equality per my understanding is when people of all gender (women and men) are given the level playing field to enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society.

The access to rights or opportunities should not be affected by gender.

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Welcome @sundaco

This is quite an interesting statement, but we would like you to hold that thought and give us more detail on it next week

I am super happy to be here.
My name is Joshua Baba Madaki, a presenter of farmers program in Hausa language known as “Dandalin Manoma” (Farmers Forum) at NENZIT Community Radio, Farman in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
As a community radio presenter, i am open to learn from other presenters elsewhere due to our diverse cultural, geographical disposition. Lessons learnt and sharing experiences will enhanced my knowledge.
I am a singer, instrumentalist, i love traveling, reading and researching.
I sincerely believe there is no any dull moment with farm radio programs and certainly this will not be an exception.

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Hi everyone,

My name is Abdul Nazeef Mohammed, I reside in Wa, in the upper west region of Ghana. I work with W935fm in Wa (the voice of upper west), Host programmes, also the production head of ‘Agric Today’ and other related Agric businesses etc

Most grateful to be here and hope to learn more about the topic as tendered for discussion.

Gender equality per my understanding is when people of all gender (women and men) are given the level playing field to enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society.

The access to rights or opportunities should not be affected by gender.

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Welcome @mohammedalfa

We are happy you have joined us, we believe you will learn a thing or two through sharing of experiences and through our resource person.

I agree with you here

Cheers

Welcome @FasalejoEO

We are delighted to have you on board. I am glad you wrote something about women and girls being cheated somehow because we will deal with that in detail, I will be interested in finding out how you think they are cheated

Enjoy

Hello @Donjosh

Welcome!

We are glad you have joined us. Thank you for introducing yourself, however, we still would like to hear your understanding of gender equality.

Cheers

My name is Suleiman Ibrahim from click 89.9 FM radio lapai Niger state Nigerian, I am the Program manager of languages I produce a radio program called “mu koma gonna”
effective collaboration between broadcasters and stakeholders is a challenge though it is necessary. therefore hoped this platform of e discussion will help much to learn on how to improve the collaboration to support my radio program

My name is SUNGUMO DAUDA IBRAHIM from Wa in the upper west region,I work with W93.5 fm in Wa and I am the host for Agric today program at Wfm.

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My name is Suleiman Ibrahim from click FM radio lapai Niger state Nigeria I am glad to receive this resources

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For a long time, society controlled the narrative about what women can and cannot do. Culture has always played the front role when it comes to gender roles. Certain roles are considered taboo to be done by men/ women. For instance, in most of Africa, women are not expected to do things like milking the cows or cut down trees in preparation for farmland. Likewise, men are not expected to wash plates, sweep the yard etc when they are married.

Whilst culture may be blamed for promoting inequality in different societies, the coming of the western ideals has also created friction among families. Some women misinterpret gender equality to mean that they can refuse to do their duties and their husbands cannot do anything about it. To my understanding, gender equality means equal access to things like jobs, bank loans, agricultural land etc. It doesn’t mean that women should stop respecting their husbands and treat them with contempt

Hi Everyone, my name is Gift Malambo and I work for Liberty FM radio station in Zambia. I am a reporter, producer and presenter of " Farming Today" radio program broadcast on the national radio station ZNBC Radio 2 and “Farmers Prime Radio show” on Pan African radio station.

I have passion for agriculture journalism because I feel like that is the other way I can contribute to the national development.

I hope to gain more knowledge and ideas on how best I can improve my programming through this platform.

I am apologies for joining you a bit late. I hope there’s still room for me. Thanks a lot.

Now, the meaning of gender is too broad. It means sex of birth, woman or man

Gender equality means that be woman or man are equal in the image of birth right. They are equal in terms of accessing the basics of life such shelter, food, land including education and many more.

Gender equality doesn’t mean to physically identical in birth. The difference between woman and man should not hinder mankind to equal access to benefits and opportunities in society.

This is my understanding of qender

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