What do you think about gender roles and how they may or may not be changing as Ugandan women become more financially independent?
In his recent article entitled ‘Common Sense: What Have Our Women Turned Into?’ (Daily Monitor Tuesday, July 5 2011) columnist Robert Kalumba seems to have literally rattled the wasps nest:
‘They have evolved from the submissive, caring, obedient, thoughtful, and understanding person into something that would have Frankenstein shudder in his grave. And here is the scary bit; the evolution, going with today’s teen girls, seems to be getting even worse.’
It’s an interesting article, not necessarily factual, but it does make one wonder, surely times have changed and to be honest are still changing, the ladies of Uganda are a far cry from what they were 30 or so odd years ago when Uganda had just earned her independence, no more finishing school, no more nursing, now our wonderful women are empowered engineers, lawyers, doctors and taxi conductors (true story). They have risen to the occasion and taken the proverbial bull by the horns, but one has to wonder, is it without consequence?
Like many Ugandan dilemmas the focus goes back to the family, one may argue, if both parents are committed to work, what happens to the children? What happened to the traditional gender roles? Does a woman have to be the one to manage the home while her husband is away earning the bacon? Does it all really matter; can’t a woman be a successful in her career while being a successful mother? Does she even have to be a mother anymore? Must she get married? Is this a result of all the years of female emancipation? Is there a problem at all? Can’t men just get with the program?
The July 2011 Freethinkers’ Night is going to take place on Thursday, 28th July, at 4 Points Bar & Restaurant, Centenary Park, Kampala, starting 6PM. Entrance is FREE.
References and Definitions:
- Daily Monitor article: http://www.monitor.co.ug/LifeStyle/Reviews/-/691232/1194318/-/c7hole/-/index.html
- Gender roles refer to the set of social and behavioural norms that are considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex in the context of a specific culture, which differ widely between cultures and over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_role. Like any other stereotype these expectations does have its shortfalls, for one, it is often regarded as the ‘natural way’ and we often don’t bother to question it from the day we are born we receive blue baby clothing for boys, and pink baby clothing for girls, and so the it begins.
- Financial independence is a term generally used to describe the state of having sufficient personal wealth to live indefinitely without having to work actively for basic necessities. (Cummuta, John. "The Myths & Realities of Achieving Financial Independence". Nightingale Conant. Retrieved on 14-Sep-2009)