The Reverend Dr Cyril G.K. Fayose, the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), on Wednesday said children must be taught to do house chores irrespective of their gender to correct the notion that certain chores are for women.
He said instilling those disciplines in them at the early stage, especially making them to study together, would help solve gender injustice.
Rev. Fayose was speaking at the launch of the Ghana Chapter of the Side By Side, a global movement, on the theme: “Harnessing the Collective Voices of Faith Actors for Gender Justice”.
Side By Side Movement for Gender Justice is a global movement pursing transformational change for gender justice through rallying faith actors to promote gender equality and justice within the faith cycles of society.
The movement sought to engage and collaborate with faith actors who have a powerful moral voice to transform the societies and change harmful gendered social norms.
The Christian Aid, the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), the World Vision International and partners coordinated the establishment of the Ghana Chapter.
Rev. Fayose said: “Women formed majority in Churches… I cannot speak for the Mosques and others…yet, when it comes to leadership roles, women are discriminated against. Even in our places of worship, there is gender injustice”.
He said the Movement had presented a unique opportunity for leaders of faith to address gender injustice within the society.
“No faith in its proper doctrine and interpretation – no faith worth its salt supports acts that limit women and children in attaining their fullest potentials as given them by God.”
”We say no to structures that breed gender injustice. We can begin to right the wrongs that inaccurate interpretations of our doctrines brings to society as far as gender justice is concerned,” he added.
Mr Ernest Okyere, the Country Manager of Christian Aid, said there was indeed a gender disparity problem and there was the need to find solutions to it.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that the programme would harness the collective voices and let them be heard in all spheres to address the issue.
Joyce Steiner, the Director of Programmes and Advocacy, CCG, said gender injustice cut across every religion and that women must be encouraged to work hand-in-hand to achieve success.
“If women are working hand-in-hand, they could move mountains,” she said, and urged faith leaders to revisit quotations in both the Bible and Quran to guide the change process.
Mr Richard Okine, a representative from World Vision International, reiterated the need to identify root courses of gender injustice and apply faith value principles, through dialogues, to address them.