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Talking Gender: With Alida Irakoze

Talking Gender: With Alida Irakoze

Q   How should Gender roles be changed to balance the status of both men and women? A Balancing the status of men and women will not be brought by changing Gender Roles, instead gender roles should be well defined, developed and respected by both parties to ensure a balanced gender community. Traditionally, it has been perceived that there are tasks done by men that can’t be done by women. This retarded the function of many households, hence affecting both community and country development in general.  This was proven by many cases where boys would be educated but leaving out the girls, as the 'expected' role for females would be "home-caring" whereas men were the ones to plan and get involved in all political and social- economic activities. Psychologically, this increased women’s vulnerability, depriving them of the rights to think further, plan and participate actively in developmental activities.  However much the physical status of men and women can&

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Talking Gender: With Dr. Ugbaja Felix Chinedu

Talking Gender: With Dr. Ugbaja Felix Chinedu

Q Has enough been done to secure gender inequality? A Gender inequality has been a major issue in the African continent and has shut out a lot of potential and opportunities for the African females. It is very conspicuous that if a Nation must move forward, the whole people male and female must be carried along and given the same opportunity to harness their potentials, share their ideas and achieve their goals! I would say a capital NO to the question above as enough has not been done but rather the gap between the male and female gender has been widened. It is in the same Africa that insignificant political offices or appointments to the females are celebrated as freedom, still in the same Africa that a man can marry as many wives as he can but its seen as a taboo for a woman to do so. Some key titles in the religious settings , cultural settings, social settings, political settings and unfortunately the academics setting too are seen as a reserved male title due to its

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