‘Patriarchy big challenge to women development’
PATRIARCHAL system in the society has been cited as the most challenging issue affecting women in meeting equal development as that of men.
Speaking last week during a two day seminar organized by Children Dignity Forum (CDF) through its four-year project, ‘MenEngage Tanzania network, a Kinondoni paralegal, Anthony Isakwi said it is the patriarchal system which is social constructed in the society that men think they are superior than women and so treat them violently.
“We are in the society that thinks the development of a woman is attained through fully involvement of a man. Women need to be empowered to meet their own development,” he said.
As a paralegal he said it is high time that the government and gender activists to initiate various ways in educating the society on the need to abandon patriarchal system which is affecting many women in the society.
“Through the training, I now understand that women need support and care. I have understood that being a woman, does not mean that all the household chores must be done by her. They are also human being like us men,” he said.
Commenting on the issue of child care and maternal health, he said it is the responsibility of both parents to care for their children since the pregnancy period to delivery period.
He noted that most men do not care for their wives when they are pregnant, thinking that it is women’s responsibility.
“We need to change. Patriarchy system should not affect us anymore. When I go back home, I will make sure I assist my wife in doing household chores, I won’t care what my neigbours will say about me. I will use the knowledge I got to inspire my fellows,” confess Isakwi.
On her part, the MenEngage Tanzania Coordinator, Dorothea Earnest, said the training focus on raising awareness to various paralegals in Kinondoni, Temeke and Ilala Districts on effective means of involving men in the fighting against Gender Based Violence (GBV) done to women.
She said for a long time various institutions and other gender activists have been campaigning for equality between men and women without involving men who are the main cause of all violence done to women.