Mebrak Tareke

A young East African University friend of mine, who in response to my suggestion that he ought to be more gender sensitive, just boasted: “I was born and raised to be an African 'man' so I will remain as such, why change a cultural habit of a lifetime?” I was stunned. His response was a clear indication that a significant number of men, boys and even women of African descent still think gender is a female preserve that they have little to do with. This can be partly attributed to the more