Wednesday, July 6, 2022

“There is no discrimination against women in our society”

Dear Editor

After reading Ms Madibana’s article on the rise of feminism and its impact on the society, I felt inclined and obliged to give my opinion on that topic.

I cannot deny the existence of feminism, but I do believe that feminism has served its purpose.
It’s time for its retirement.
Feminism came into existence as a result of flaws in constitutions that discriminated against women in all societies in the world.

In this day that we now live in, all these laws have been corrected and the feminist movement has accomplished its mission.

I do not agree with Ms Madibana that the recent rise of women today is due to the rise of feminism, if anything, feminism is on the decline because it no longer has an agenda.

The rise of women to power today is as a result of the belief that women have abilities to compete with men for high offices and positions in society. This belief has been present in women, it has just been dormant, as a result of enlightenment, women are able to recognize their hidden powers, and compete with men for positions in society, and this is good because some women are able to present new and innovative ideas that can take our society forward.

Ms Madibana informs us that women are discriminated against especially as they lack equal opportunities for jobs, education, and economic, social and political advancement. I fail to agree with that theory, especially in Botswana, where women have equal rights as men, there is no discrimination against women in anyway or form.
We were witnesses of discrimination, as a result of the apartheid regime that once ruled South Africa.

During that period there were separate laws for blacks and whites. If women are discriminated against in our society, I am yet to see the laws that promote such discrimination. Women in this country have the same opportunities as men.

Even in our educational system, there are more females in schools than males.
If discrimination does really occur, it is against men.

I believe Ms Madibana and the other feminists are just trying to create a division between males and females in our society by bringing up the whole gender bias and discrimination issue.
Ms Madibana also claims that female lecturers at the University of Botswana do not get the recognition they deserve.
I would like to be shown a male lecturer who has gotten praises he didn’t deserve. In the university, all lecturers are treated as equals, regardless of gender.
Some female lecturers are heads of department, yet we do not hear men complain about gender bias or discrimination.

There is also an incorrect claim that men are scared of the feminist movement because of the strength of female groups, which she claims have a stronger bond than male groups. Women are equal members of the society, their advancement in whatever form will be of great joy to men and the society at large, rather than scare men. As for the whole point of female groups and their bonds, I believe those bonds rarely exist.

There are more women than men on earth, yet they fail to compete with men for the highest offices and positions all over the world.

This is as a result of their lack of trust in themselves and each other rather than the result of gender bias or sabotage by men. If all the women in America had supported Hilary Clinton, who knows she might have been president today.

In life, it’s always easier to apportion blame than examine situations thoroughly and thoughtfully.
That is why feminists can blame men for the supposed gender bias and discrimination. What feminists are trying to do is create division in our society among men and women, rather than strengthen the bond of women and work on ways to make women a stronger force in our society. My advice to feminists (Ms Madibana included) is to find ways to bring up the self belief in women so they can challenge men for positions in society, rather than sit around blaming men.

I am a third year student at UB doing bachelors in arts.

I am a subscriber to your esteemed newspaper, and I do believe in your high standards of journalism. As an individual I feel it is right to critic or offer my opinion on topics I fail to agree with.

This is what I have done here.
This is not a personal attack against Kagiso Madibana; it is just my personal view of the feminist movement.

Akpata Obadan


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