“Attitude Towards Homemakers Should Be Changed”
Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum
The modern world draws much attention to women’s agenda. The Republic of Congo even has the special Ministry for Promoting and Integrating Women in the National Development Processes. At the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum, Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele told us about her work as the Advisor for Social and Cultural Affairs in the Ministry.
Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele is the Advisor for Social and Cultural Affairs in the Ministry for Promoting and Integrating Women in the National Development Processes, the Republic of Congo.
Our interviewee draws special attention to working with homemakers. Most of them feel uncomfortable, as they cannot unleash their potential in any sphere. Ms. Akouele mentioned homemakers are often treated with contempt and sometimes even negatively. According to Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele, her mission is to help women in their self-actualisation by developing their talents to the fullest.
Ms. Akouele is concerned about another essential issue, which is gender-based violence and moral pressure against women. She is sure it is now important to focus on securing women’s safety.
Our interviewee is not only the Advisor for Social and Cultural Affairs. She is also a journalist.
Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele is fighting social stereotypes. She believes it is essential to change the cultural norms and teach men to treat women with more respect and to support them.
At the Second EWF, Ms. Akouele was especially interested in communicating with representatives from different countries, learning about their culture, and exchanging best practices and opinions on various issues.
Joelle Emmanuelle Akouele said: “Russia is an interesting country for me. I want to study this country and see how women are treated here culturally. I would like to collate that experience to use it in Congo”.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov