THE STANDPOINT: A GUIDE TO MODERNIZE AFRICAN WOMAN – Nana Ofori Kissi Ratina

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The StandPoint : Listen to the feminine side

“We do need women in politics, yes we admit that some have not lived
to our expectation. We haven’t seen the united front that some of us
were hoping for. We haven’t seen the deliberate and determine push for
the gender agenda but it is better we have our women in there.
Gradually we will get it, gradually we will get educated. Gradually,
we will form the formidable union that we need to push the gender
agenda” – Oheneyere Gifty Anti.

Genesis 2:20 states “And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the
fowls of the air, and to the beast of the field but for Adam there was
not found a help meet for him”.
The above quotation implies that God created woman as man’s helpmate.
Help means to assist and to assist means to partner someone to get a
task accomplished.

The development gap between the Western World and the Third world
countries particularly Africa is due to the fact that in the 19th and
20th centuries, while women in the Western world had the opportunity
to participate in national and community politics as well as occupying
positions in their societies and working in factories hence earning
appreciable salaries to support their families, women in Africa were
denied of those opportunities and the only working environment
reserved for women in Africa was the Kitchen.
Even on the field of education, Africans never saw the need to send
their female child to school. Until Dr. Kwagyiri Agyrey made his
famous statement “if you educate a man you educate an individual but
if you educate a woman, you educate a nation” then many African
fathers – the smart ones sent their daughters to school.

At the community level and in chieftaincy, it was not until 1901 when
the Queen mother of Ejisu – Yaa Asantewaa proved to the Ashanti
Kingdom, the Gold Coasters and the Europeans that there is a natural
zeal in some women and that if they are given the opportunity, they
will do what most men can’t do.
Even with the zealous move by the queen mother of Ejisu and other
women in the early 20th century, “No” woman was called to the
legislative nor the executive council until 1961 that the late Hon.
Susana Alhassan became the first female to be appointed a minister.
She was the first African woman to hold a cabinet portfolio and the
member of parliament for the then Northern Region parliamentary
constituency between 1960 and 1966.

The struggle to liberate African women from cultural and psychological
slavery hasn’t been an easy battle. Although, few successes have been
achieved – Africa is having a female President in the person of H. E.
Ellen Salif Johnson – the President of Liberia and other women
occupying ministerial, Parliamentary as well as high political
positions.
In Ghana for instance, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Nana Konadu Agyemang
Rawlings, the late Hon. Hawa Yakubu are among the few women who have
proved the capabilities of women in the national polity.

Do not kill your dream.
Resurrect your potential
Tune in to The StandPoint.
Watch and listen to Oheneyere Gifty Anti – a seasoned broadcaster,
veteran journalist and a passionate gender advocate and activist, as
she brings to you the voice of the voiceless women in our societies.
Young ladies, women and gentlemen, spend time with Oheneyere Gifty
Anti on The StandPoint and you will be encouraged to influence your
society.

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