Submitted by The Scout
Every year on Mothers’ Day, they are pampered and rightly so. They are special mothers who receive awards and gifts in abundance. However, when it is the turn of fathers on this day, the whole affair is very low-keyed. Even when there is an address by someone, the tune is always very negative.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs over the last few years have held a week of activities – this it would appear – was done simply because there was a budget for it. Because there was never a great demand by them (Gender Affairs) to market the activities hence poor response.
This year I’ve heard nothing about the Fathers Day activities by the Bureau, but it seems the budget was spent on a women’s island wide promotion . To make matters worse, I heard my Prime Minister today in his address to his party followers castigating men on their unwillingness to accept their responsibilities. The negative way the Prime Minister spoke about fathers and men in general today makes one to believe that Bajan men are all bad. Every day, I see fathers/men taking their children/babies to school/nursery, to the doctor, even the more adult children to sporting activities and most of all to church.
It is time our leaders and the news media start highlighting the good that fathers/men do in this society. Yes, there are bad fathers but equally, there are bad mothers too, there are mothers in this society who would used getting pregnant for different men as a means of not working, and rely on the court to demand money from the babies’ father. Yet in most cases the fathers doesn’t even know if the child is alive or dead. Sometimes the issue of paternity arises. The Courts are bias towards mothers therefore it seems fathers are always on the losing end.
Time fathers are seen in a more positive way. Let’s make this Father’s Day a day when we celebrate the good that fathers do in raising there children.