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Image Source:https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/the-guide-to-right-of-way-laws-in-georgia-by-valerie-mellemaThis morning as I was  sorting and organizing  books on my desk, I came across one of the magazines by a regional youth organization. I flipped through the pages  to see  its content and I picked interest in an interview with a young  and prominent female journalist.

Among the many questions that she was asked, there was this question about SDG goal number 5 on  achieving gender equality and this is the question:

The UN adopted  a set of 17 goals, one of which is achieving gender equality by 20130. Do you think women in the media industry  have made progress towards reducing the gender gap?

Her response: …we have looked at this emancipation debate as a right of way even when you have not worked hard, you want to be there. You cannot say I am a woman and therefore I need to sit on this committee. Society should not afford us favors because we are women.

I found her response disturbing given the fact that she is a woman. I remembered the words of a fierce, unapologetic  African feminist Hope Chigudu who told young women that even that trouser you are putting on, someone fought for it.  I think we have grown up in a privileged environment and have taken gender equality for granted. The struggle for gender equality cannot be dismissed as a right of way! Women have come along way and it is very unfortunate that instead of standing on the shoulders of our fore mothers who paved a way for us, we are calling it a right of way. Really???

I am deeply concerned that  as young women and girls, we have quickly forgotten that the basic rights and freedoms we are enjoying today including education, citizenship, employment and many others were fought for by our fore mothers.

I challenge all women and girls to read the history and struggles of the women movement.

– “you can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Maya Angelou

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