Women urged to venture into male-dominated jobs

Mrs. Philippena Gada, a car sprayer sand-papering a vehicle to get it ready for  spraying.             Photo: Dzifa Tetteh

Mrs. Philippena Gada, a car sprayer sand-papering a vehicle to get it ready for
spraying. Photo: Dzifa Tetteh

Women are being encouraged to explore new job opportunities dominated by men instead of holding on to professions which have over the years, been referred to as a preserve of women.

Mrs. Philippena Gada, a car sprayer at Tema Mankoadze, made the call in an interview with The Ghanaian Times when she expressed her opinion on the fact that there were more opportunities out there “crying for attention”.

She said the nation was endowed with women, capable of doing “extraordinary things” but her observation, over time were that women were either overly concerned about what people would say, fear to take risks or were shy to be seen to be doing “men’s job”.

She said being in the car spraying business for about 10 years without a female companion at her workplace was a matter of concern to her.

Mrs. Gada, however, cautioned women  that there were a lot of people out there who might be ready to discourage them when they try to leave their comfort zones which were usually hairdressing, dressmaking, and selling at the market to venture into being a  mechanic, plumber, vulcaniser among others.

She said women, no doubt had the potential but her impression was that they were not being adventurous enough and appealed to society to encourage them and give them the necessary push for them to rub shoulders with their male companions.

At the Saw Mill in Tema Community One, where she is well known as far as her profession is concerned, she disclosed that she developed the interest to learn the job when she saw a lady at Nungua doing the same.

Mrs. Gada said in her case, her mother opposed the idea vehemently but with time her brothers were able to convince her to accept the job.

She, however, said her husband had never been against her profession and she is very happy about her job though she admitted it was very tedious especially with sand-papering of the vehicles before spraying which demands a lot of physical work.

She revealed that in a month she was able to work on about three cars but was quick to add that being a woman alone had never given her an advantage over her male colleagues but a lot of hard work and determination.

The car sprayer used the opportunity to express her desire to own her own shop in future to uplift the face of the profession and to train more women.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.

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