In some societies women work twice as hard to get the same opportunities as men. It is not easy but they suck it up and give it what it takes to get ahead. Because they do this, doesn’t mean it is right to be treated unfairly just because of their gender, and it doesn’t mean they have to stop speaking out against the inequalities.
Men and women should have equal rights and opportunities in the society, this is what gender equality is basically about.
Singer, Tiwa Savage was on the Midday show on The Beat, 99.9FM with OAP Toolz, and there, she shared her thoughts on gender equality. What she said has ruffled more than a few feathers online.
How she felt when she had challenges with her marriage
I expected people’s reactions and also, it reaffirmed my opinion about how women are regarded in the society. You’re wrong whether you are right or wrong, especially in relationships. We’ve been taught that a woman make the house, a woman builds it, so everything is just on us whether you’re at fault or not. That was what I took away from the situation but now, after I had my son, I had a thick skin. Everything just bounces off.
On gender discrimination
It’s real. It’s a reality. I’m not going to say I’m completely comfortable with it but it is what it is. You have to deal with it. If it means you have to work 10 times harder than your male counterparts, don’t complain about it, do what you have to do.
We all celebrate people like Oprah and Mo Abudu and we don’t actually realise what they have to do to get to that point. They probably had to do 20 times than their male counterparts. Once you get there, you don’t complain about how you get there. So, whatever it is you have to do as a female, you just have to get it done.
I know I’ll (ruffle) a few feathers but I also don’t think men and women are equal, I don’t think that’s how God created us … especially in the household anyway. So I think as females, when we realise that yeah we can be strong in our career, but when we are home we have to realise that the man is the head of the house.
If I put as much effort as I put as a female, and I was a male, I feel that my career would be… thank God I have a great career, I can’t complain but I think as a male, I’d get away with a lot more. Like, in terms of my makeup, dressing up and having to pick my son from school but I also love being a female. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.