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Entertainment of Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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I have been a victim of gender inequality - Becca

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Afro pop singer, Rebecca Acheampong, known for her stage name, Becca, has bemoaned the spate of gender inequality in Ghana.

The songstress, who has joined some artistes across the globe on a United Nations project to fight gender inequality, said this became evident following the controversy that surrounded her trip to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The United Nations project seeks to lead to reform in gender inequality and injustice, eradicating extreme poverty and climate change.

She cited the brouhaha that followed her nomination to perform at the Ghana village during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the Black Stars as an example sheer chauvinism.

“I am actually really unhappy about gender inequality because I am a typical example of that. I have experienced so much with some of the things I have done even from last year travelling to Brazil and coming back with so much controversy because they do not believe that a woman can go or do anything with merit, they believe it has to be through something,” she lamented.

The development, she added, jolted her and she decided to spearhead the fight against inequality and injustice.

In the “Da Ke Da” singer’s opinion, people castigated her after the Brazil trip because it was men’s football and not a field for a woman to explore adding that it is unfortunate that Ghanaians are still stuck with the mentality that some things are for men only.

In the year 2000, some world leaders designed the Millennium Development Goals for the next 15 years. This year, 2015 marks the fifteenth year.

Becca revealed that, most of the goals have not been met and due to that, the eight goals have been broken into seventeen goals with climate change as the new addition.

Becca worried the discrimination against women in Africa has caused women to be timid.

“I think everyone was created in God’s image and likeness, we are equal to the men. There are certain things that obviously distinguish us which is most of the time our physical features but I know a lot of things that men have done that women have done as well and vice versa and so when it comes to this particular thing, I think it is not just about women being equal but it is also about men.”

According to her, as an ambassador for both genders, “I would definitely stand up for women more because I believe that a lot of women in Africa have been depressed and suppressed and it is about time we came out and revealed our strength.”

One hundred and ninety-three leaders across the globe will converge in New York on September 25 to endorse these seventeen goals.

To add a voice to the project, Becca has teamed up with other artistes, including rapper Sarkodie to record a song, ‘Tell Everybody’.

The song also features Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Toofan (Togo). It is produced by visually impaired sound engineer, Cobhams from Nigeria.