Daughters are humans, too!

Date: August 1, 2012
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Name: Daughters are humans, too!

Name of publication: The Herald

Name of Journalist: Leo Wamwanduka

Date: 21 June 2012

Country: Zimbabwe

Theme: Gender Equality, Children

Skills: Language; Perspective


Gem classification: Gender aware


My daughter turned six years on June 15 and I am over the moon. As I celebrate this landmark event in every proud dad’s life, I shudder as I reflect on the society that my lovely daughter and other girls her age find themselves in. Many women and girls have been denied opportunities because of their sex. They suffer emotional, physical and sexual violence at the hands of the people who are supposed to love them as husbands, fathers and brothers. Yet, the same women still bear the burden of HIV and Aids. This got me thinking about Father’s Day, which is celebrated annually, in a new way. I am asking myself, why fathers should be celebrated when all these injustices, a lot of them perpetuated by men, still continue in our communities.


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