Gender equality according to wikipedia is the idea and viewpoint that both men and women should receive equal treatments and not discriminated against based on their gender/sex. Also, according to gender equality in ireland website, gender equality is believed to be attained when both men and women enjoy the same rights, privileges, and opportunities across all sectors of society, which includes economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviors, aspirations and needs of men and women are equally valued and favored.
The background of this writeup is a discussion around “why creation of ministry of women affairs in Nigeria, what about ministry of men affairs?” that myself and some folks were talking about sometimes ago.
Till this moment, men have more representations than women across most sectors of the society in Nigeria, so, a way to balance things up is one of the reasons ministry of women affairs was established. If it were to be the other way round, there would have been ministry of men affairs.
Arguments like women cannot handle leadership well is a big big lie men spread around to continue their domination which is also believed by women that have not developed themselves to know they can do far better than their male counterparts.
Men may claim they are not intimidated by what women can acheive when given the opportunity and support but the actions of men most of the time says otherwise, a recent example is when male dominated senate threw out a bill on gender equality in the nigerian society.
One thing for sure is the fact that women will continue to match up to opportunities men have almost by default in the society as time goes on.
Anyways, it is a big world where you don’t even have to wait for anybody to determine how far you can go in your chosen career path.