… Calls For An End To Negative Masculinity
As the world mark’s International Women’s Day, IWD, a clarion call has gone to Nigerian women to challenge the power gap in the country.
The call was contained in a press release signed by the Chairperson, MenEngage Nigeria, Dr Chimamaka Joy Asogwa.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s celebration; “ChooseToChallenge, Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World, Asogwa reiterated the need to challenge power gaps, question stereotypes and say no to all forms of violence against women and girls, as well as to obnoxious traditional practices.
“We can choose to challenge negative masculinities and call out disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on women.
It is said that a challenged world is an alert world, individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequalities that hamper our advancements.”
IWD is a global day to celebrate the resilience, achievements and contributions of women towards their social, economic, cultural and political development. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
Dr Asogwa added that women need to do more to take this challenge head-on and there is no limit to what we can achieve as women.
“It takes bold conversations and bold steps to inspire bold actions to help forge positive change for women. Collectively, we can all help and create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s choose to challenge.”
Also, she made it known that driving societal change and challenging the status quo is never easy as cultural shifts do not happen over night, “but the best part about every change is that it can begin with one person at a time and that one person is you.”
“We need to transform our ways of thinking, how we behave and how we choose to challenge, not just systemic inequalities but our own biases too. We need to expand our cross-cultural awareness, make concious efforts to be cognizant of issues impacting women and participate actively in civic/community development.
Of course you cannot change or address what you are not aware of or part of. We need to scrutinize our biases and question some of our actions and inactions, engage with the major stakeholders and take full responsibility. Only then will our solutions be effective and sustainable.” She concluded.