Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie best-selling author of books like Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and her latest Americanah speaks insightfully on the need for us as a society to change the way we raise our children when it comes to gender specific expectations. Even though her interview with ‘Breaking Views with UNICEF’ was mainly focused around children and gender issues in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, we believe that these are issues that are cross -cultural and apply to children, women and men across the globe.
She eloquently speaks to the fact that gender expectations for girls and women could be very limiting and also expresses her beliefs (we happen to agree) as to why gender-related stereotypes are just as unfair to our boys and men as well. Gloria Steinem says, “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters”, which goes along with what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie alludes to in this intriguing interview below.
We’d love to hear your views on how the way daughters and sons are raised and affects their world view.