Gender equality: A close reality

EDITOR — I am responding to the letter published yesterday in your paper titled “Gender equality: A close reality”.

The writer mentioned the issue of education in the article. I think this is where the whole concept is lacking.

Women themselves do not fully understand the meaning of gender equality hence some end up abusing the concept while others start to view those who have a good grasp of it, (e.g the Joyce Bandas, Joice Mujuru, etc who try to spearhead the equality issue by breaking the odds and taking up leadership roles in society) as delinquent.

So policymakers have a duty to ensure that education about gender equality is imparted to all and sundry if the concept is to be fully understood.

The other issue is that when reading different literature, let us try to get the intended message of the author and not just take them as mere folktales of some sort.

To quote the example of writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, most readers do not give an open mind to her works and thus they don’t get the message.

Thumbs up to the writer of this article. The writer has raised an issue that is so vital in today’s world where we want women to fully participate in the socio-economic and political activities and get the same recognition as men and not as second citizens.

People need to be educated on what is gender equality.


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