Mrs Jemiratu Zindam
Mrs Jemiratu Zindam

The KiC Foundation, a child welfare non-governmental organization, has called on Ghanaians to tackle issues of gender imbalance from the family level to help ensure women have equal access to all opportunities and productive resources.

It said the family level was where critical gender issues were taught, learnt and enforced, adding that, when done right, the rippling effects would help ensure gender equality.

This was contained in a statement issued by KiC Foundation in Tamale on Thursday signed by Mrs Jemiratu Zindam, its Programmes Officer and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

The statement was in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations, marked on March 08, every year to recognize the contribution of women to the development of society.

This year’s event is on the theme: “Balance For Better”.

The statement said gender imbalances must be tackled vigorously at the family level if the world wanted to increase the pace of progress in ensuring a balance for better to end gender inequality.

It said gender disparities seen in all facets of life were constructed by human societies and that it would take the same society to change the situation.

It said the reality, however, was that in most families, especially in the northern part of the country, many young women were not given equal opportunities to pursue their goals adding “They are constantly reminded at home that certain careers are meant for men only, limiting the goals to achieve higher aspirations in life”.

The statement was hopeful that when certain cultural barriers were removed to ensure balance by assigning equal chores to both girls and boys, such that girls could have enough time for personal development activities such as schooling, learning a skill, physical exercises among others, “We will better the balance”.

It added that “Helping at home also brings about harmony, unity and peace as it strengthens the bond between the couple. When we balance domestic chores, we will better our lives.”

The statement emphasized that “The increasing desire of young women to venture into male dominated fields such as tech-based careers in Ghana is also amazing and must be sustained by ensuring that the right environment is created for them to succeed.”

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