Working Women: The Struggle Continues

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The world today has transformed into an industrious environment with every nation making strides to grow their economy. This process of industrialization was previously executed largely by men because of two major factors: Skill and Culture. But ever since the girl child begun getting equal education rights around the world, the number of skilled women in the labor market has tremendously increased.

However, the working women continue to face certain challenges prompting further discussions on this topic which was discussed during the 67th Annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. Agile-International practically understands the struggles of the working women especially, the West African women. Most if not all of the African countries still pride themselves in their rich cultural practices, some of which are undoubtedly oppressive to the girls and women.

But this cultural defect is not only witnessed in Africa. Japan for example has one of the lowest numbers of working women around the world. The main reason behind this fact is that most Japanese women are normally subjected to choose between marriage and careers, but not both at once. Even the daycare centers are very limited in number and this renders most of the Japanese newlyweds and mothers to become jobless.

Back to Africa; the cultural beliefs that a woman’s place is in the kitchen and bedroom, have made it more difficult for women in managerial positions to balance their careers with their expected responsibilities back at home. This factor alone has contributed to an increased rate of divorce and separation, ultimately affecting the growth of the current generation.

But the working women in Africa are not only faced with the challenge of balancing culture with careers. Discrimination and gender inequality has been transmitted to the boardrooms of major corporations and even governments. Apart from countries such as Cape Verde, South Africa and Rwanda which have the highest number of women representation in government; most African and even global nations have much fewer women in government positions.

The struggle certainly continues for working women if they fail to strike a balance between careers and other responsibilities. It is important to remember that the education which a mother gives to her children can never be compared to any class education. This critical element of bringing up a morally stable society is slowly depreciating, thanks to the busy working women among other factors.

However, the case in Mali is different for all the right reasons. Agile-International understands the values of family blocks in Africa and that is the reason for our projects in Timbuktu and the rest of Mali. When the women of West Africa are given ownership to arable land and educated on modern farming methods, these careers do not interfere with their motherhood.

These initiatives by Agile-International allow the women of Mali to not only generate income for educating their children, but to also have enough time to bond with them. Creating that bond especially between mothers and daughters will then ensure that the girls do not forget their responsibilities in society even when they become CEOs and Presidents of their nations in the near future.

But until the working women strike the balance between their very important careers and their even more important roles on family building; the struggle continues.

By Leshao Ole Lekasi – Blogger at Agile-International

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