GENDER MINISTER Otiko Afisa Djaba has urged young Ghanaian women to share domestic chores with their husbands.
In most Ghanaian homes, it is almost obligatory for women to do the cooking and other chores even if they do same or similar corporate jobs with their husbands.
The practice has been condemned by modern-day gender activists even though proponents argue it is part of the Ghanaian culture.
Addressing a group of young women at the launch of an internship and mentoring programme under the auspices of the Millennium Development Authority in Accra, the former Women’s Organiser of the ruling party, the New Patriot Party, said parents must encourage their children to share jobs at home.
“For you to have time to pursue your ambitions and dreams and get to the next level just like the boy child, you must have time for your studies and that means household chores must be shared. The time has come for parents to educate their children to share household chores,” she said.
She further stressed: “My daughter is a student of Oil and Gas and I don’t expect her to come back from work late and be cooking while her husband is in the hall watching television. I have invested a lot of money in her education and so in terms of equity we must share the household chores. We are equal stakeholders.”
The issue of domestic chores and how they must be performed is a controversial subject as most Ghanaian homes orient children to believe the female should be in charge of the home duties.
The practice is, however, waning due to education and infiltration of Western culture, where duty sharing is encouraged.