The Housemates weigh in on what they think needs to happen in order to get young girls empowered and educated.
Omotola paid the Housemates a visit this morning to raise awareness about the lack of access to quality education for young girls in developing countries. She and ONE Africa are rallying to submit a petition to world leaders on March 8 asking them to make reforms that ensure address the fact that 130 million girls aren’t getting proper schooling. You can add your own voice here.
Kemen kicked things off talking about his personal experience with sexism. He recounted how his own father thwarted his mother’s success and sabotaged her attempts to travel abroad to study because he felt she’d become more successful than him. He then shared how he started a camp that scouted for talented young girls and put them in touch with industry heavyweights so they’d perfect their skills and get mentored.
Uriel emphasized the importance of healing and “emotional support” at this kind of camp! She also made it clear that without this support system no girl would have the courage and confidence to go out and be a success and that this was the grass root problem. TBoss rehashed the importance of giving and applauded Nigerians for being a very generous people! She also shared a heartbreaking story about some of the orphanages she’s supported!
Jon believed the problem of sexism was a systemic one argued that in addition to generosity people needed to actually “reform the education system” and “re-write the history books” so women’s accomplishments would be acknowlegded! He sited Queen Amina and who not only ruled West Africa but fought in battle alongside other women to defend it. His words resonated not only with his fellow Housemates many watching as well!
Bisola stressed the importance of not kicking girls out of school once they were pregnant because it made it so much more difficult for them to fend for their families. Bassey concurred then wrapped things up by adding that it was harmful to teach young girls that it was their sole responsibility to not get pregnant since it takes two to tango. He stressed the importance of teaching young boys to be responsible young men before pleading with everyone to start singing as he was “itching” to drum!
A jam session ensued and the Housemates composed a song in honour of the campaign, “We Are One!”. What are your own thoughts or solutions to this pressing issue? Sound off in the comments below.