Breaking the bias: Women can also propose to men …Queen declares
The queen of Apinto Divisional Council in the Western Region, Nana Abena Boaduwaa 11, says there is nothing wrong for a woman to make a marriage proposal to a man she loves.
Traditionally in Africa, men usually propose to women who they desire to marry and so, over the years, in accordance with customs and religion, it is men who buy the rings and also present drinks to seal a marriage.
But, in a radical shift, Nana Boaduwaa proposed that, a lady could propose to a man without fear of undermining his status.
She was speaking with The Spectator on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark this year’s International Women’s Day organised by Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine, at Abekoase Tebe, in the Prestea -Huni Valley Municipality of the Western Region on Tuesday.
The day, which celebrates women for their immense contribution towards national development and raises awareness on the need for parity in all spheres of life was on the theme, ‘Break the Bias’.
Nana Boaduwaa stressed “If you’re madly in love with your boyfriend and he hasn’t any intentions of proposing to you anytime soon, you can break the bias and propose to him strategically, that is privately”.
She continued: “Since the guy will know how much the lady loves him, he will be more likely to say ‘yes’ to the proposal.
Vice President of Sustainable Development and Gold Fields West Africa, Dr Celestina Allotey, also said the prioritisation of girl-child education should be the focus of parents.
She added “I am emphasising the education of girls because of the perception of people that even when the girls go to school they will end up in the kitchen. I am a woman but because I was sent to school and I took my education seriously, I am currently an engineer in the mining company and I cook in the kitchen too.”
Dr Allotey disagreed to the idea that education of boys should take precedence over that of girls, adding “we normally use social and cultural misconceptions to discriminate against girls in terms of access to education.”
“Even though today, more parents are educating their girls, there still exist some levels of prejudice against the education of girls,” she indicated.
The Prestea -Huni Valley Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Mary Vida Kwofie, also admonished girls to concentrate on their studies to become future assets to their parents and the nation.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Abekoase Tebe