Seasoned Broadcast Journalists, Tatenda Gumbo and Hayde Adams- Fitzpatrick, have taken a stand on feminism with the perspective that the gateway to men is through their daughters.
In a discussion on e.TV Ghana’s ‘African Women’s Voices’ hosted by Mrs. Nosisa Doe, they propounded that in order to effectively fight for women’s rights, we should not focus only on teaching the women their rights but also teach the men the rights of the women and make them understand how equally important it is to respect these rights just as it is done with that of the men.
Asked by Mrs. Doe if men should be excluded from feminist discussion shows, Tatenda Gumbo replied, ‘’No, I don’t think men should be an intimidation factor. I don’t think anyone should shy away from having a conversation about feminism. If you’re a man and you have an idea, or you say ‘what is feminism? I don’t agree with it’, that’s fine but come have a conversation about it and learn and understand what it means if a woman says she’s a feminist.’’
Hayde augmented, ‘’Often, we have this discussion about feminism in terms of statistics and we are bombarding people with just numbers and not individual stories. Now we are looking at this; how does a woman’s issue matter to a man? Ask any man who has a daughter what he wants for her, he wants an education for his daughter. It would be hard to find a man who would say he doesn’t want the best for his daughter.’’
She furthered, ‘’Sometimes, you’d find the strange thing that men might not want many things for their wives or mothers but somehow, there’s just one for their daughter and I find that very interesting. So, if we speak to men about the women in their lives, we’re hoping that’s not only how we can reach those women, but that’s how we can reach them (the men) because we need them as allies in this. You can’t just sit in schools and teach girls about women’s rights. We have to teach the boys as well.’’
Tatenda Gumbo is a Zimbabwean native but grew up in the United States. She worked as a digital strategist with the Africa division of Voice of America, and she personally worked as a journalist at VOA with the Zimbabwe service hence, her experience with radio, TV and print journalism.
Hayde Adams-Fitzgerald is also South African, born and raised in Cape-town but a resident of the United States. She started her TV career at e.TV Ghana and went on to work for a Paris-based French television, and then with ‘Voice of America’ where she still works currently.
Tatenda and Hayde are among the few women of color who have a voice on American International News and Broadcast channel, Voice of America.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye