THE concept of gender equality has been misinterpreted by many Solomon Islanders.
That’s according to the Ministry of Women’s Youth, Churches and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) Senior Officer Vaela Ngai.
“Many rural people and even some of the educated people think gender equality is about putting women equal with men folks,” Ngai said.
“But such misunderstanding hinders the good work done by the ministry in the communities around the country,” she added.
“Let’s get it straight that gender equality, equality between men and women does not mean that women and men have to become the same.
“But that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they were born male or female,” Ngai explained.
She pointed out that gender equality refers to the goal of achieving equal rights, responsibilities of women and men and boys and girls.
Ngai also added that gender equality in another form it’s just we value the roles our women and girls in our families, societies and the country as a whole.
“The basic truth is women will never become like men in anyway but given the recognition and value they can be equally responsible to achieve positive outcomes,” she added.
Ngai said that if we understand the reality of valuing our mothers, aunty and sisters it will really help our society and country to see the importance of gender equality in the country.
By ANDREW FANASIA