Let me take a guess. Your mind just said this ‘he who pays the piper, calls the tune’. You must have, by now, been trying to figure out what this article is all about. If that is correct, that means it came at the sight of the headline above. Well, this article is not focusing on the contemporary issues such as stereotypes of gender roles, behavioural and social normsin our society but the edge women have inshaping the society.
In a typical African society, culture and religion are part of the factors on which our society is hinged. These factors, in one way or the other, tend to suggest and apportion responsibilities based on gender. I am sure you are familiar with them - women being the homemakers and caregivers while the men are breadwinners. In recent decades, women seem no longer comfortable with the social definition of responsibilities tagged with their gender. There has been a global clamour for gender equality in every aspect of human endeavours. They believe they should have equal social rights like the men (as in societies with only male and female gender combination). With all sincerity, I think they are fighting a just course.
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Come, let’s look at this from another perspective – improving and sustaining societal values. Though, culture and/ or other factors might have placed women in the homes, may be because they are good at what they do at home. Technically, women are pivotal to the success of any home. They have direct and the most intimate relationship with every member of the family especially the children. The first teacher any child can get is his/her mother. A child obtains teachings from his/her parents (especially the mother). These include morals, discipline, ethics, and conduct. I have a feeling you are beginning to get the picture of the power of a woman in moulding a child. Whatever a child learns at childhood becomes the foundation on which he/she builds on. The book of proverbs 22:6 has it all.
I’d like you to admit here that the people are the society.There can be no society without the people. We (the people) put culture in place, establish conducts, and define ethics which govern our daily dealings. We make the society.Therefore, it is in our hands to decide what our society should look like. Time defines the limit of human existence. In other words, the old pass on and the young take over. The piper (woman), having instilled the proper conduct, morals and ethics in a child, has successfully saved the society from further decadence. This does not involve any form of expostulation as in the case for global clamour for gender equality. The women are crucial to the state of affair of the global society today. They have the key to a better society.
The intent of this article is to sensitize the women of another bigger responsibility aside gender equality. A task that requires them to be more focused on the home. Just a reminder,I am not against a redefinition of their social roles and responsibilities. Women need to identify and effectively maximise their power to put the society right. Whatever you sow into a child is what the society will reap.Women pay the piper and should call the tunes. Remember, good women, better children, and greater society.
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