- Burkina Faso is building a postmodern society where gender equality is not rare but a reality with its School For Husbands
- Married men in Hounde come together to talk about issues in their homes in the presence of a facilitator with the view to be better partners
- Since the inception of the school, testimonies of improved marriages abound as some of the husbands admitted they have become better lovers
There is a school for husbands in Burkina Faso as a way to have healthy marriages and homes. Tagged the School for Husbands, it was founded in Mamboue in the Hounde which is in the western part of the country.
It should be noted that idea was sponsored by the International Development Association via the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographics Project and a bit of support from the United Nations Population Fund, World Bank reports.
A safe space to discuss without fear
Every week, 15 husbands congregate to discuss peculiar and common issues in their homes and proffer solutions to how things can be better. The meeting is supervised by a resource person.
A female facilitator of the meeting, Ouanibaouie Bonde, said the meeting affords the men the opportunity to speak without the fear of being judged as they talk on issues like family planning, prenatal consultations, among other things.
Since I started attending, I've become better
Waimbabie Gnoumou, a participant at the event, said that before the school came into being, there was always tension in his home as he binged on beer.
His wife, Martine, testified to the efficacy of the school, saying her husband now assists with home chores like bringing cooking things from the market and fetching water. She added that when she was pregnant, he accompanied her to the maternity centre for antenatal.
The school really works
Dofinta Gnoumou, a village chief, said that the school is a blessing to them, adding that since its launch, husbands in the community have greatly improved in their behaviours at home.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Tuareg tribe gives much power to women as they are allowed to decide their fate without the so-called supreme power of men.
Their men wear a blue indigo veil as a protective measure to keep their face safe from the dust of the desert.
It was gathered that the tribe never dumped their tradition of allowing men to wear veil instead of women despite their adoption of Islam.
In the case of divorce, the women get to keep all the tents and the animals as the man is chased out to return to his mother’s home with just a camel in his possession.
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