Simba Ghana and League of young female leaders on Saturday 6th, March 2021 hold maiden international women’s day on the theme choose to challenge to commemorate international women’s day.
Dr Alhassan Wuripe a lecturer at the University for Development Studies in his key note address said when we are challenged, we are alert.
“When we are challenged, we are alert. And from challenge comes change. So we must all leave here with the pledge to choose to challenge ourselves towards gender equality”.
He however, highlighted the following points;
In a common parlance, gender equality is having the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. In other words, GE means that women and men, girls and boys enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections.
It must be noted however, that gender. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike. In view of its significance, attaining gender parity in all spheres of life, it had been added as the 15th goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Gender equality is the goal, while gender neutrality and gender equity are means to achieve to the goal (gender equality).
Indeed, gender equality is more than equal representation, it is gravely intertwined with women’s rights.
It is well noted that the long age global structure that has relegated and kept women at the ground has led to inequalities and in-balances in all facets of life. To ameliorate this means the dismantling and elimination of harmful policies and structures that hold women down.
Importance of gender equality (why must we be concern with gender equality
Firstly, that equality between women and men – equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities – is a matter of human rights and social justice. And
secondly, that greater equality between women and men is also a precondition for (and effective indicator of) sustainable people-centred development. The perceptions, interests, needs and priorities of both women and men must be taken into consideration not only as a matter of social justice but because they are necessary to enrich development processes.
Finally, reducing inequality strengthens economies and builds stable, resilient societies that give all individuals – including boys and men – the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Gender mainstreaming refers to integrating a gender equality perspective at all stages and levels of policies, programmes and projects. Women and men have different needs and living conditions and circumstances, including unequal access to and control over power, resources, human rights and institutions, including the justice system. The situations of women and men also differ according to country, region, age, ethnic or social origin, or other factors. The aim of gender mainstreaming is to take into account these differences when designing, implementing and evaluating policies, programmes and projects, so that they benefit both women and men and do not increase inequality but enhance gender equality. Gender mainstreaming aims to solve –sometimes hidden- gender inequalities. It is therefore a tool for achieving gender equality.
Dr Alhassan further urged young females to always aim high and desist from harbouring inferiority complex but rather develop self commitment, aspire to be among the best, channel their energy into useful activities and also develop the habit of collaborating and partnering with groups.
The executive director of Young Female Leaders Hajia Hikmat Baba her part urge the participants to always forge ahead because it’s a long ladder.
“Whoever is ahead of you try to learn from that person and whoever is below you try to pull them up”, it is very critical. Hajia Hikmat added.
Nancy on her part also said, at every stage of a female there is a level of development you should have.
She added that politicians should not only write issues concerning women into their manifestos but should rather walk the talk.
The seminar was however attended by academains, student leaders, and other CSOs.