Outline to deconstructing Patriarchy and affirming gender equity unraveled...

Outline to deconstructing Patriarchy and affirming gender equity unraveled at African Women Intercultural Dialogue.

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Mr Carlos Ampah of UNESCO listening as Hon.Sam Nartey George of Ghana Parliament contributes to the Dialogue
Mr Carlos Ampah of UNESCO listening as Hon.Sam Nartey George of Ghana Parliament contributes to the Dialogue as Prof. Phillip Ogbonna (in blue suit looks on)

The participants at the intercultural dialogue has applauded the organisers for their effort towards creating such platform for intellectual discourse on contemporary challenges of gender in our time hinged on age long negative  traditional practices that we have refused to do away with.

Madam Abigail of African Women Development Fund asserting her position at the dialogue
Madam Abigail of African Women Development Fund asserting her position at the dialogue

It was a huge success ,the response was immense, contributions at the dialogue came from different facets of the society, traditional leaders, Queen Mothers, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, A Medical doctor ,Broadcast journalists, activists , leaders of civic groups, member of parliament, Women wing leaders of the major political parties, Gender and culture ministries, diplomatic missions ,students, members of international development agencies and girls from rural communities in Accra contributed to the dialogue, concerns for the Urban and the rural woman was raised, child marriage,female genital mutilation,Health, Security, Social welfare and roles of the African woman in helping to undermine herself in the society led the dialogue.

Noble Women of NPP (The ruling party in Ghana ) listening to the dialogue
Noble Women of NPP (The ruling party in Ghana ) listening to the dialogue

“Gender equity as a cultural norm is achievable, we believe that communicating to women on their rights and sensitizing them on how to demand for it and resist socio-cultural subjugation will help enforce their demand for change on how they are treated ,identifying their challenges and the practices that undermines their freedom and position in the society and unifying their demand for its alteration will help accelerate change in the society and help untangle our traditions from patriarchy.” Chinaka Iwuoha the program Coordinator Afirmed.

Dr.Rose Mensah Kutin of Institute of Economic Affairs (standing)discussing with participants
Dr.Rose Mensah Kutin of Institute of Economic Affairs (standing)discussing with participants

Elites and gender experts also came to the conclusion that patriarchy as a social concern can be a thing of the past if.

La Mantse The Traditional Ruler of La Community Ghana listens to the socio cultural plight of women in the continent
La Mantse The Traditional Ruler of La Community Ghana listens to the socio cultural plight of women in the continent

1.Mothers will take great concern in not instilling superiority mentality in their male children over their female ones while raising them, it’s important that mothers intently watch the impression they subconsciously instill into their children especially during their developmental stage, as adults are whole composition of their entire experience , as human our first memories helps in shaping our personality, so there is great need for  revamping the grooming pattern in parenthood by raising boys that will see their sisters as their co- equals rather than subordinates. when we differentiate house chores in certain patterns for our male and female children we are unconsciously enforcing gender stereotypes a male child need to learn how to sweep, clean and cook as well as the female child.

Chinaka Iwuoha_Program_Coordinator_of_All_Africa_Media_Network_addressing_the_media
Chinaka Iwuoha Program Coordinator of All AfricaMedia Network addressing the media

2.Bridging the gap between gender inequality can be achieved from legislation process via enacting laws to support gender equity in the society, on gender based violence a more protective and proactive response units should be created for cases as rape and domestic violence in order to encourage women to speak up when they are abused.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Habiba Sarpong a contributor to the dialogue
Assistant Commissioner of Police Habiba Sarpong a contributor to the dialogue

3. Updating of Religious and Cultural laws.  it’s also important for  religious leaders to shape up their teachings in a way that will encourage fair treatment from the sexes to each other, religious texts are predominantly considered sacred and are hardly updated thereby forcing most of us to still adhere to instructions and philosophies that are no longer relevant in our times, preachers and socio-religious institution leaders need to be informed on the need to balance their teachings in a way to propel the society positively in all ramifications.

Anita Erskine Ace Broadcaster and Founder of Anita Erskine Media chatting with participants at the dialogue during the break and networking session
Anita Erskine Ace Broadcaster and Founder of Anita Erskine Media chatting with participants at the dialogue during the break and networking session

 

The fact still remains  that  gender discrimination in Africa is deeply rooted in the ethnic traditions, cultural practices, supported by archaic laws in ancient religious texts that has formed the socio-religious belief of many in the recent times, regardless of the multi-cultural facets of African communities, a lot of customs and traditional practices endorses economic and social acts that under-develop the African woman and girl child ,and African women  compliance to some of these acts themselves are making it tough for the trend to change.

Amb.Dr Erieka Benneth Rep of the Diaspora Africans at the African Union and one of the Keynote Speakers at the Intercultural Dialogue making her presentation
Dr.(AMB) Erieka Bennett Rep of the Diaspora Africans at the African Union and one of the Keynote Speakers at the Intercultural Dialogue making her presentation

The African Women Intercultural Dialogue was put together by All Africa Media Network, endorsed by UNESCO and supported by CITYLIGHTS West Africa Leading Lighting Company , Footprints2Africa and Energy Bank Ghana

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