03 Aug On Gender Equality and Our Future. By Anderson Ezie
On Gender Equality and Our Future
“The late Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai puts it this way: the higher you go, the fewer women there are.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Any society in which women and men are allowed to live to the fullest of their potentials without social or economic discrimination is the ideal 21st-century society. Research has shown that women, empowered and well trained, contribute relentlessly to the development of communities and societies. The media and research publications have pointed continuously at the role of rural women in nutrition security, wealth creation, and the maintenance of overall wellbeing. Women’s power is such that although the hardest hit in this age of crisis, extremism, fear, and environmental degradation, women surprisingly can solve the same problems that push them to the fringes of society. According to UN Women, 330 million women and girls live on less than 1.90 dollars daily. Compared to their male counterparts, there are 4.4 million more poor women than men in the world. In about 66 percent of countries, women are more likely than men to report insecurity. Across the globe, 15 million girls will never have a chance to read and write than 10 million boys. Climate change affects women disproportionality than men, and 14 women will likely die for every man lost during a natural disaster. Many urban women live in less than satisfactory homes and lack access to clean water. Religious and cultural discrimination adds to these sad facts that represent the situation of women in many countries of the world, but this is changing. More needs to be done to secure the future of girls and women.
In the face of these problems, many women in the world are working hard irrespective of their level of education. Global Volunteers reports that 43 percent of the world’s agricultural population is women, and the number could reach 70 percent in some countries. In Africa, 80 percent of agricultural production comes from small farmers who are mostly rural women. Women’s role starts with education, support of children, and care, which is crucial in ensuring a just society. Women’s ability to nurture and fend for their dependants is a lesson for male folks. Their constant sense of hope and preparedness to go the extra mile if it takes that to provide for their children is a virtue that is needed in today’s world. More than you will find single dads with kids, you will find more single mothers with their children, especially in underdeveloped countries where most people lack a stable judicial system. That easily translates to the fact that mothers raise most children raised by single parents. The important thing here is the lesson in these instances. Today the world is advancing towards sustainability. An educated woman leads to educated children and educated children result in an educated future and a better society. Mothers have remarkably encouraged their children to go and remain in school. Stories about children who, inspired by the sheer discipline of their mothers, have worked so hard to become productive and respected individuals in society are commonplace. Many will dispute it, but we somehow know that women are likely to make of maintain than to break the rules. It is this gift of mother nature to women that has helped sustain unfair patriarchal societies, and in some climes, you will still find women who are cocksure that their bodies and lives belong to men.
Poverty, education, clean water, nutrition, health, etc. are sustainable goals that we know women to work naturally towards promoting. The average woman is a self-taught pediatrician. She is the quick-witted herbalist who knows which herb heals which ailment and displays empathy beyond comprehension in the most remote rural communities. Today, nourishing oneself, which ought to be a vital skill for everyone, is still seen as a woman thing. Everyone understands the implication of starving intuitively. Through learning, we know that it is not just about stuffing yourself with food but getting the required nutrients that will satisfy and keep our bodies. It will be hard to go into the numbers here, although we know that female folks have been responsible for the wellbeing of most if not everyone walking on the face of the earth in some ways. Poverty is a problem, but women are less likely to be promiscuous or addicted, which improves their ability to save. The ability to save and invest in turn creates wealth for the future and leads to a reduction and outright annihilation of poverty.
In Somalia, like in many countries in Africa, women are mostly poorer and have unequal access to social and economic power. Existing cultural and religious beliefs that perpetuate the subservience of women and girls compound the situation. From female genital mutilation to sexual harassment and abuse, women’s disproportionate risks are alarming and call for urgent attention. The Government of Somalia has accepted the Women’s Charter, which calls for 50 percent representation of women in positions of power in the country. However, much still needs to be done to help women, especially widows who struggle to fend for themselves and girls at risk of illiteracy and prostitution. Hunger Reduction International is helping these women find their place in society. We understand that helping women creates a better future. We share in the dream of a fair world embodied by the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. One of our core focus is gender equality, and in it lies food security, which another goal of our organization. We encourage support from people across the globe, and we want to be accountable for anything you contribute. A little from you can change the life of a poor widow and out of school kid in Somalia today. Together we can always make the world a better place.