By Steven Enatu
As the World Commemorates the International Women’s Day under the Theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”, inferiority complex amongst men is still singled out as the leading cause of inequality in our society today.
This year’s campaign is represented by the #BreakTheBias hashtag and calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is levelled for women moving forward.
Juliet Agonyo the Speaker Soroti City Council stressed that much as Women remain resilient and courageous with 40% participating now in the decision making within their society, there is still a misperception among men not to allow their women to work in bigger positions than them.
She said that some men still think that when a Woman gets exposed, there is a likelihood of her abandoning her marital responsibilities and her spouse.
“Some men think that when a woman is exposed, like going for public gatherings, addressing crowds, having working tours here and there, they think that a woman is mostly likely to get another man and leave them,” she said.
Agonyo said this can be resolved by letting men understand that two heads are better than one and also women to remain humble to their spouse regardless of the man’s status.
Ramos Okia is a Media Personality, on the same point with Agonyo. According to him, when a lady’s income status surpasses that of a man, she becomes disrespectful and disobedient to the husband.
Okia said Women are biblically and traditionally perceived as a gender that should be submissive to their husbands and when a Woman is elevated to a bigger position or becomes financially independent, the reverse is seen.
A lady in her late 30’s who preferred anonymity said that Women who work in bigger positions and are financially stable are independent. Adding that Women run to Men who have money for financial security.
“If I know I have my big job paying me well. I can be independent and this is what some men fear in us women who are financially stable and exposed,” she said.
Caroline Akope Aisu the former MP aspirant Soroti City however said that it’s important for the society to note that the women’s emancipation is not coming to change the purpose for which God Created a Woman.
She stressed that in families where men have embraced emancipation of women, families are thriving.
“Some people do not come out openly to express what their women do in their families. It’s a hidden thing because of the belief that a woman is a helper according to the bible” she stressed.
Akope challenged both men and women to take emancipation positively knowing that it’s not meant to demean or cause disrespect to men but rather for the two to work together for a better society.
Celebrated annually on March 8, international women’s day is commemorating the social, political and economic achievements of women. Women in different parts of the world use this day to come together to celebrate one another and rally for equal treatment and representation.
“Woman emancipation” is used to refer to the process by which women in general and poor women in particular are made to gain access and control of all forms of resources in a nation.
Uganda’s Constitution of 1995 Article 33 states that Women shall be accorded full and equal dignity of the person with men; the State shall provide the facilities and opportunities necessary to enhance the welfare of women to enable them realize their full potential and advancement.