Gender equality should be a very important aspect in human lives. We consider ourselves the same and there is nobody special or superior to the other. Male and female live in the same world, we go to the same schools, both can do the same job depending on the interest, we have the same responsibilities and thus we are entitled to the same rights and privileges.
The society has always looked down upon women. They take the women as not important, slow in thinking, her decision can never be considered final.
I have witnessed a case whereby a girl child is not being taken to school and her chance given to the boy who the society feels is more important and would bring value to the family if educated while the girl will one day get married.
Here in Kenya our new constitution focuses on gender equality, but will find most of the slots given to men. For example when you look at the government appointees and the nominated members of the national assembly, there is no balance between men and women,
Women need to be empowered. They need to have individual rights, the right to be treated for who they are, their actual abilities.
I have a sense of responsibility of being a role model. I ensure that the young people do not feel vulnerable, they should gain control of their lives. I empower them to have the ability of being responsible, know their rights, make decision and plan for their families and the entire community. The opportunity they get in life should not depend on whether they are male or female.
Seed of Hope promotes gender equality by empowering young men and women, giving them different skills to enable them be self-sufficient. The courses offered are not meant for a particular gender but students are given an opportunity to choose what they want to do, When they are enrolled they are taken through a two weeks programme called Amuka that helps them identify themselves, help them value each other and their role in the society,
To us gender equality means the rights, responsibilities and opportunity, which does not depend on sex, and this the impact is seen in the community as the young men and women become economically, educated and socially empowered.
POST BY FLORENCE OLWENGE, SEED OF HOPE ADMINISTRATOR
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