“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen, and my living room and the other room.”
This very statement was made by the most powerful leader in Nigeria last year during his visit to Germany in retaliation to his wife’s criticism of his leadership and political party. His statement trended on Twitter for days with the hashtag #TheOtherRoom. While many assumed it was mere banter, others felt his remarks were a spit in the face to many hard working women. In the tweets below, many women responded in rage while others were not surprised that the 73-year-old president would make such traditional utterances.
Statements like this, especially from a powerful leader, baffle me. One would think that with the progress African women have made in today’s society, this mentality would be nonexistent. However, women are still viewed as baby makers who their sole purpose in life is to cook, clean and make more children. I personally believe that women have been blessed to have our natural responsibilities to multiple in addition to pursing our passions. Comments like this should be taken seriously and proven wrong because they simply don’t portray the whole truth. As women, we should not limit ourselves. Each of us have a purpose! With a little support, motivation and hard work, you can do what every you want.
Do not let society dictate what rooms you are allowed in.
If you want to be in the boardroom, go for it! If you want to be in the Senate room, I don’t see what’s stopping you. If you want to be sitting in a room full of engineers and technology geeks, get your butt up and find that room!
by Ivery Arie