A solemn rite ought to be performed to remind fathers of their dignified and appreciative roles in the society, as the world celebrates Fathers’ Day in the third Sunday of June every year.
Dr. Freda Prempeh, the Founder of the Ultimate Women Foundation (UWF), a non-governmental organisation has said.
Dr. Prempeh, also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North in the Ahafo Region and a Minister of State in-charge of Works and Housing, said this would not only motivate fathers, but also inspire them to work harder for the upkeep of the family.
The UWF seeks to encourage and motivate indigenous and vulnerable women and girls to know their worth and to empower and well-position them to contribute to the development of their communities and the larger society.
Unlike Mother’s Day, which has pretty sombre origins, Father’s Day has relatively light roots—and was created by a woman.
According to history, back in 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, “tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents.” She went around to local businesses to gather support for her idea, and on June 19, 1910, the state of Washington celebrated the first-ever Fathers’ Day.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Tano North Municipality to mark 2022 Fathers’ Day celebration, Dr. Prempeh said fathers must be reminded of their divine responsibility as the head of the families to bring irresponsible ones on track for the good of society.
She said the rising streetism among innocent children and vulnerable women in Accra and Kumasi and parts of the country were basically due to the irresponsibility of some fathers who denied them basic social needs like food and shelter.
The dignity of fatherhood, she said could not be compromised and reminded fathers that posterity would not spare those who neglected their families and allowed them to suffer hunger, abuses and exploitation.
Dr. Prempeh however, ,commended fathers who toiled every day to put food on the table and provided for the upkeep of the family, and urged women to honour, appreciate and respect their husbands, saying “we are always there to support them to achieve their aspirations in life for the good of the family”.
She reminded the youth that marriage was not a reserve for boys and girls, but men and women and asked them to adequately prepare themselves emotionally and financially before marriage.
Dr. Prempeh said love and compassion bonded family peace, unity and social cohesion, and cautioned husbands and fathers against abusing their wives and children.