General News of Fri, 22 Jun 201840

Share household chores with your husbands - Gender Minister tells women

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba is stoking fire with her latest admonition to females in the country not to do all the household chores but share them with either their husbands or boyfriends.

She believes the days where men sit and cross their legs in the hall watching television or playing games while the women go through pain in the kitchen to cook and wash for the men should be over.

According to her, there are countries where men cook hence it would not be a taboo for men in Ghana to emulate them by cooking.

“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,” at the launching of an internship and mentoring program.

“I don’t expect that from anywhere, she added.


She said “I have invested a lot of money in her child’s education and so in terms of equity we must share the household chores. We are equal stakeholders.”

The Minister who gave the admonition at the launching of an internship and mentoring program under the auspices of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), charged the females to share household chores with men so that they can also have time to pursue their ambitions in life.

“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,” she said.

In a bid to find out whether the gathering agrees or disapprove of her admonition, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba sought their opinion when she quizzed that “Do you agree?


The gathering who were mostly females then applauded the Minister.

Quoting late Kwegyir Aggrey’s popular saying that if you educate a girl child you educate a nation, Otiko Afisa Djaba charged parents not to burden their girl child with lots of household chores while their boy child is given the room to study.

“The time has come for parents to educate their children to share household chores, “she advised.

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