As the world mark International Women’s Day, Director of West Africa Regional Office of ABANTU for Development, Dr Rose Mensah Kutin has called all irrespective of the gender to work together to contribute for a better world.
According to her gender equality is important but it has to be built on foundation of transforming the underdevelopment experiences people have in Africa.
“Let us celebrate but also think about how we can transform our society through balance for better” she stated.
In an interview with Inhimisliferadio.com Dr Rose Mensah Kutin noted that the theme for this year’s celebration “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” with the hash tag #balanceforbetter# is appropriate for the celebration
According to her initially the celebration was more about realizing that women are making contribution but now it is about women and men standing shoulder to shoulder to work together for a better world.
Dr Mensah Kutin noted “This is important regarding many of the policies that we have. Sometimes it is not about just putting women there or representation but about the decisions they make.”
She said the outcome of a concept headed by a woman must be beneficial to the country adding that if the country does not benefit from the concept then that representation will not mean much.
The gender advocate explained that International Women’s Day is set aside to acknowledge women’s contribution, acknowledge what they do to make the world better, to identify the ways to address discriminatory and offensive practices women experience in the various sectors they find themselves.
Dr Rose Mensah urged young women not to look out for flashy things when choosing a husband but someone with brain and willing to support you. “Women must know what they want in their lives. There are many men who do not want to do anything to minimize the vision of a woman. So when you decide to make a choice, choose somebody who will make you a better person and who you will add value to.”
She entreated women to see their selves as capable and also contribute to the well-being of whoever becomes their partners. “It shouldn’t be one way. You support your partner and your partner supports you”
She advised the youth to take advantage of technology to empower themselves. “I look forward for a country where we have better relations between women and men and a chance to contribute to the well-being of the citizens, more harmonious relationship, better use of technology and make sure future is bright for the coming generation”
Women across the world are today being celebrated for their achievement in society. International Women’s Day which is celebrated every March 8 is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also is a day of action in support of taking action against gender inequality around the world.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General in a statement has expressed the need for gender based Organizations to redouble their efforts to protect and promote women’s rights, dignity and leadership.
She said this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, addresses infrastructure, systems and frameworks that have been constructed largely in line with a male-defined culture.
“We need to find innovative ways of reimagining and rebuilding our world so that it works for everyone. Women decision-makers in areas like urban design, transport and public services can increase women’s access, prevent harassment and violence, and improve everyone’s quality of life.”
She expressed the need for all to support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.