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Gender Minister commends fathers for their role in child upbringing

Accra, June 18, GNA
– The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, on Sunday expressed
appreciation to all fathers for their tireless efforts in nurturing, protecting
and guiding their children.

“The Ministry, on this
occasion of Fathers Day, would like to appreciate all fathers for their
tireless unsung efforts in nurturing, protecting and guiding their children,
whether biological or not,” a statement issued by the Minister, Madam Otiko
Afisah Djaba, said.

Father’s Day is
celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father
figures make in the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and
male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many
countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.

“As a member state of
the United Nations who strives for gender equality, we believe it is equally
fair to celebrate our fathers just as we did some few weeks ago for our
mothers,” the statement said.

It said a lot had been
said about fathers not being celebrated as much as mother’s although they
contributed immensely in the upbringing of the child.

“Even though the love
of both mother and father is crucial to a child’s self-esteem, emotional
stability and mental health, the father’s love seems to play a bigger role in a
kid’s problems with personality and psychological adjustment, delinquency and
substance,” the statement said.

“Long work days and
swing shifts of white colour jobs as well as other income generating activities
which most men engage in to earn a living set the stage for the “not often
around” father. Overtime, fathers often become regarded as merely bread winners
who fulfilled their paternal duty by providing for the needs of his family. Dad
made the money and mum did everything else,” the statement said.

It said this kind of
thinking had had a negative effect on the home though fathers did so many
“silent” things without their children knowing, adding; “The Father is really
important and needed at home.”

The statement said
research and statistics had proven the importance of having fathers around as
they played a major role in the lives of children and the family.

“For this cause, they
need to be appreciated and celebrated for all the sacrifices they make and the
struggles they go through which they never talk about just to put smiles on the
faces of their families.

“Fathers are the
strong pillars around whom society revolves. The resilience of men to live
according to expectations of their families and the community at large cannot
be over emphasized.

Many fathers have to
work tirelessly to provide daily subsistence resources for a large number of
people, including aged parents, sisters, nephews and nieces,” the statement
said.

It said it was,
however, sad that some children were not being fathered in their upbringing
because their fathers had abandoned their mothers and were sometimes never seen
again.

“As we celebrate all
the good and hardworking fathers we also want to encourage those who have
abandoned their wives and children to go back to them to play their desirable
roles.

“A father’s love may
also boost children’s sense of wellbeing and pride.

“We Wish You A Happy
Father’s Day,” the statement said.

GNA

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