Get a job because you qualify, not because you are a woman, Brenda Karinda

Get a job because you qualify, not because you are a woman, Brenda Karinda
10-03-2018 | By Karegeya Jean Baptiste | Hit 423 | Comment

While Rwanda is applying affirmative action for women, some women themselves are against it, saying that being a male of female does not make a sense, but qualifying for a post is more crucial.

The 30% ratio in all institutions is recommended by the Rwandan constitution of 2003, hence many women are getting jobs regardless their capacity and competitiveness.

According to Madam Jane Umutoni from University of Rwanda, it’s ridiculous at a given extent; no one should feel confident in a post, based on gender rather than performance.

Statistics show that women are well represented in top levels, well remunerating, but down in technical posts, they are little. As far as secondary studies are concerned, the number of girls is high, in both lower and higher level.

During national exams, girls succeed well, and their pass mark is below their brothers’. But in university, girls represent 33% in general, and less in science or technology studies.

As a result, many women occupy political posts (elected or nominated), but their number decreases in technical posts, where they come after a rigorous test.
Here is an estimated percentage of women in various institutions:

Parliament : 64%
Cabinet : 40%
District mayors : 17%
ES of sectors : 16%
ICT in public institutions : 10%
ES of districts : 7%
District Council chair: 7%
Deputy mayors for Economic Development : 7%
Corporate: 7%

Downstairs in cells and villages, where the salary is weak or does not exist, the number of women is probably insignificant.

According to Brenda Karinda, young woman and former journalist, every female should merit her own success and credit, from her own competences not from someone or organizational favoritism towards women.

While addressing fellows in a panel discussion on position of women in technology, March 8th, Brenda said. “Get a job because you qualify, not because you are a woman”, adding that she does not agree with unlimited positive discrimination in favor of women.

With regards internet and women, the usage is far different from profitability. Women are often busy on chats, but their content is not promoting them.

Sandrine Sangwa, young participant to WIKI Gap, reveals it is hard to get a local modal woman on Wikipedia, because they never promote themselves. This to mean, most of time they discuss minor issues with no benefits, instead of exposing what they are able to do. So, young ladies still lack role modals to inspire them.

We need a Gender responsive community. According to panelist women, the Rwandan community is patriarchal: all powers are on men. And this is why rural women don’t easily have access to internet, because “the only phone in family is for the boss, the husband”.

In our schools, according Jane Umutoni, even teachers are not gender responsive. She says, “A teacher might ask a question, boys and some girls raise hands, and the teacher gives flow to the boy. When he wants the girl to answer, he says, [YOU TOO, DO YOU WANT TO TRY?].

This attitude is discouraging, and girls don’t feel comfortable. The same scenario occurs in media industry, dominated by men. Women are still less represented there, according to Brenda. “Women in media are self intimidated, they don’t raise voices”, she says.

Therefore, all hard assignments are given to men. And when it comes to the woman, at the end, the Chief Editors says, “DO YOU WANT TO TRY?”

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