By: Bernadettah Kaphwiyo
Human rights activist Emmie Chanika has criticized the Authorities in the country for failing to hold up their end of the bargain when it comes to women empowerment and gender equality.
This was said following observations that women in the country are still suppressed despite efforts put by gender activists to curb the malpractice.
“It starts from the authorities, the government itself sidelining women in developmental issues, instead of making us their equals they look down on us and call us names” lambasted Chanika.
She said men’s cold attitude towards women is sometimes a result of jealousy:
“If they come across an intelligent woman, who is financially stable and active in doing things, they end up giving her names and insulting her,” fumed chanika
Chanika however appealed to the government to consult and ask for help from gender activists in the country on how to achieve the 50-50 equality.
“Look at the He for She campaign, we haven’t seen anything good out of it yet if they thought of asking us to help with how to go about it we could have helped, for example I am well educated for all this,” said Chanika
She finished by saying that women cannot win if men in the country do not change their attitude and set aside their outdated beliefs.