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Boys can do the dishes!

“It’s the parents’ fault that girls are always being told that they are less important than us boys. And that as boys we stay away from the household chores and leave it all to the girls. It’s not fair.”

“Girls do the dishes, cook and wash their brothers’ clothes. Some quit school to work as maids in other people’s homes. Boys and men should also do the household chores, so things are more equal. We shouldn’t treat wives or girls as slaves in their own home.”

In Abdoul’s village, girls do all the household chores, but both boys and girls have to look after the animals. And he’s noticed something that isn’t right. “Isn’t it odd that only girls can do the dishes, while both boys and girls can watch the sheep? Parents don’t choose between boys and girls when it comes to taking the sheep out to graze.”

Abdoul Fatao, 14, Burkina Faso
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