Mr Speaker, I equally rise to support the Statements ably made by our two Colleagues on such an important day: International Day of the Woman.
Mr Speaker, the importance of women cannot be overemphasised. I am continuing from where the last Hon Member who contributed ended. That they are supposed to be adored, they are supposed to be cherished, they are supposed to be loved.
Mr Speaker, if you go religious, there is a writing of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Sal allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that someone rushed to him and asked him: “Apart from God that I worship and your teachings, what should be the most respected and cherished thing for me as a Muslim?”
The Prophet was reported to have replied: “Your Mother.” Then he said, after her? He said: “Your Mother” again. He said: “Your Mother” for a third time before he said: “Your Father.”
Mr Speaker, this clearly shows that even in religious terms, there is a special place for women and that is why they are supposed to be adored, loved and cherished. Mr Speaker, like the Hon Member who previously spoke rightly said, they were to support men, or part of Adam was taken to create a woman.
Mr Speaker, in agriculture-- and I have Hon Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan who is an agriculturist, would tell you that-- when a plantain tree is about to fall and you have to get something to support it to be able to keep standing, you need to get something that is stronger than what is falling.
It means that by God's creation, He has created women to be stronger than us; it is not in muscles, but of resilience, in terms of their ability to sustain the family and the values of society. We cannot rubbish all this and assume that women should be maltreated; women should remain in the backward.
Mr Speaker, one thing that we all realise, whether in Islam or Christianity - - is that, when people get converted into Islam, they infuse their tradition into it and then they call it religion. When people are converted into Christianity, they try to drag their tradition and taboos into it and call it Christianity, and begin to mix these issues. I always say that, if you look at the scriptures, whether Qur'an or Bible, many of the scriptures, I say that, they are the manual God created for human beings that He God has created. If you look at all the scriptures, there is a special place for women.
But Mr Speaker, my concern most, is how do our mothers, our colleagues, our sisters, our wives, our daughters-- how do they see themselves? That is a critical thing and I believe there are many examples in this House that many young ladies and women in this country can emulate.
Mr Speaker, if you look at the Hon Member who made the first Statement (Hajia Mary Boforo), she is coming from a constituency that is very, very con-
servative, yet she has been able to beat men at primaries and won the seat not once, not twice, not thrice, but for the fifth term. If I see my sister Colleague opposite, Hon Irene Naa-Torshie (Member for Tema West), she contested the primaries and won the primaries; contested the main election against men and won.