Don’t blame culture for women’s oppression
By: Francis Kagolo
Women rights’ activists have been advised to work with cultural leaders and not blame culture for women’s oppression if they want to enhance the struggle for women empowerment and gender equality.
According to the Nnaabagereka (queen) of Buganda Sylivia Nagginda, there is need to adjust the international women’s leadership style.
“As we move into the future, the most successful women’s movements will be those that not only understand the nuances that exist among different cultures, but those that take an effort to integrate the positive elements within cultural institutions and work with cultural leaders as equal partners,” Nagginda said.
She made the remarks in a key-note address during the opening of the international women’s conference in Lilongwe, Malawi, on Monday.
The Conference, under the theme: “Women Steering Innovating Leadership in Africa” brought together hundreds of innovative women leaders from across Africa including activists, politicians, cultural leaders, donor agencies and AU and UN agencies among others.
Nagginda said the distinct cultures define Africa and recognising their unique importance in development will remain Africa’s attribute in the global economy.
“The most successful women’s movements will also be those that shift themselves from blaming culture for women’s oppression to engaging with the positive and empowering aspects that can be used as frameworks that demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for distinct cultures,” she said.
source: new vision