For several years now, women have had to play a triple role in society; reproductive, productive and community managing roles, with each role entailing a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Due to culturally set gender roles; women have always been viewed as undeserving of any form of remuneration for any of the three roles performed. The stereotype that they were born for those tasks and thus it is their inherent nature to perform them has always prevailed, due to this, women have more often than not been shortchanged, and their roles have always been viewed as subsidiary to those that men perform. This dilemma was brought about by several issues such as cultural beliefs, stereotypes, religious beliefs and the fact that during the industrialization period, the idea was that men were better suited to work in the industries and undertake the more ``important jobs'' that deserved pay as women were perceived to be the weaker sex. As a result, the women were left back at home to tend to the children and the farms and the community as a whole.
or decades now women have fought to be heard. They have fought for their presence to be felt as much as that of men, struggled to be recognized and appreciated. Programs have been implemented to ensure women are empowered and that the gender gap that has always existed is bridged. The international women’s day is a special day celebrated as a reminder of how far women have come from days in which even voting by women was not allowed to an era in which women presidents exist. It also serves as a reminder of how far women have to go in their agenda to become the movers and the shakers of the world. So let us raise our glasses today to celebrate the women who have hit major milestones so far, the voices that roared loud enough.
Quite a large number of people across the world are currently suffering from the agonizing effects of unemployment. The story remains unchanged. From Kibera, Kenya, to West Point Liberia little children are sent out to the streets to beg in a bid to place a meal on the table. Not necessarily because the parents love them any less but because times are hard and it is easier to appeal to people’s sympathy for children as opposed to their desire to hire any more people in their firm. This in itself is a violation of one of the aims of Goal 8 which is to take immediate measures to stop forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and prohibit the worst forms of child labor including the recruitment and use of child soldiers.