WOMAN: “Who runs the world?…girls” That is a line from one of Beyonce’s popular songs and I bet many women are playing it off their stereos today.
But we all know that is not true, because otherwise, we would not have things such as women empowerment campaigns, feminism talks and so much initiatives where women are fighting for equal rights as men.
Women’s Day is here and Isaac Ssejjombwe asks a few people what the day means to them and if they believe the world would be different with women running things.
Michael Goobi, Information Scientist, Uganda Wildlife Authority
Women’s Day to me means the celebration of achievements made in gaining gender equity for women. Not equality. I do not believe in gender equality because there will never be such a thing. Men and women are different.
I believe in gender equity, though, where if one gender is left out, processes are put in place to bridge the gap. What if women ruled the world? Don’t they?
Ruling the world does not mean being political leaders. Women run so many departments and units in this world, way from the household.
I think women would be focused leaders and the world would be corruption-free if I base on agencies run by women, for example URA, Unra and KCCA, formerly, which are built on strong foundations because of women’s efforts.
I believe in gender equity so much because what men can do, even women can do.
Diane Desmona, Photographer, D’Mona Photography
Women’s Day means a lot to me because I am a mother and it is a focal point in celebration of women’s rights. It is more like celebrating anti-discrimination of women, especially equality of profession.
About gender equality, though, women may hold major responsibilities; they are mothers and fathers, toiling like horses to make a better life and world for their children and society, but it is in our culture that a man is still a man.
If women ruled the world, it would be a better and developed place because women are mothers, so they are not selfish. You have heard the saying:
“Behind every successful man, there is a woman of strength and noble character”, a statement enough to prove that women would run this world better.
Liz Kirabo, Field officer- Uganda Bureau of Statistics
William Golding, a British novelist, said, “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. They are far superior and always have been.
Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her…” So imagine what would happen if women ruled the world. Because women are increasingly getting into top positions such as CEOs, doctors, judges, chairing board meetings, and so on, the world is changing for the better.
If women ruled the world, I believe we would be about ending conflicts, having stronger economies and healthier communities. Women’s Day is a celebration of being a woman.
Today’s woman is more aware of her rights, is stronger and more empowered. Women should be celebrated every day and all people should have equal rights.
Nora Nantayiro Receptionist- Compuscan CRB
Women’s Day is like a moment of silence….to recognise that person who labours to bring life into the world. If women ruled the world, there would be no wars because women believe in peace and reconciliation as opposed to men who are egocentric.
Maternal deaths would be history because it is a number one killer syndrome in Africa and lastly, the world would be a corrupt-free zone.
Have we achieved gender equality? In Uganda, it is only visible among the elites, not illiterate because women these days are genetically engineered to be honest, trustworthy and great managers, for example, Uganda Revenue Authority and Parliament have over the years been managed by women.
Pascal Paul Nkuubi, Student- Makerere University
Women’s Day to me is aimed at helping nations worldwide eliminate discrimination against women. It is also focused on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development. It is a day that celebrates the great works of women.
If women ruled the world, they would actively participate in all fields because they would be highly motivated towards work and be highly inclusive in each and everything. I believe in gender equality because it eases access to resources and opportunities.