HOW MEN OR WOMEN ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY AND WHY
Men are considered more vital in professional working environments far way more than the women. This is simply because men are usually more educated in Sierra Leone as compared to the women. It can also be in their level of output. In some cases, men and women may attain the same level of education, but when they get to the office, the men's ability is expected to be greater and often even women seem to expect less of themselves. Even when doing the same job though there is nearly always à difference in their salaries and many other facilities. Even Though we have some women who are very active and creative too.
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Taking it from the religious point of view, especially the Muslims. Men have more right in the mosque than the women. The religion forbids women to lead any prayer anywhere. This is somehow different for the Christians. In the church, women are given some responsibilities to undertake, women even occasionally lead the congregation . Though most tasks are done by the men.
In the early days after the colonial era, parents didn't send their female children to school, simply because they thought it fit that women should learn house work only. Only the men were allowed by then to gain education. Even up-to-date in some rural areas, there are still some parents who have that same idea. However, with the arrival of some non governmental organisations especially EducAid, staff have been moving countrywide to sensitise these parents to allow and encourage their female children to get education. We have the same issues though of low expectations
Another way how women are treated differently is what we called here "the Bondo society". Where they use the female genital multilation (F.G.M) to initiate girls. The women normally spend two weeks or more in a sacred place to undergo this process. This is a disadvantage to the female, though those days parents and even the children don't know that because of illiterate. The Bondo society came into existence because they thought that it is only at that period the women will learn how to take care of their various homes. Female circumcision seriously endangers girls' lives and is part of hypocritical attitudes towards women and sex.
In Sierra Leone, women often enter into marital status in early age as compared to their male counterparts. In most rural areas, girls at the age of thirteen can be given out into marriage, while boys at that age will be still at his parents home either doing education or farming activities. This is done in most cases because of the little bride price the men normally give to the parents.