What sort of body-shaming discrimination is this? In this unjustly male-dominated world where there’s an ongoing fight to level the ground for women at workplaces, Ghana’s immigration service is refusing to allow women with stretch marks, allegedly bleached skin and people with tattoos, dreads and bow legs from participating in their recruitment exercise with the most ridiculous reasons on earth.
Ghana’s government spokesperson, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah, speaking in defense of the discriminatory move told BBC that the kind of work they do is strenuous, and the training is such that bleached skin or surgical marks on the body may incur some bleeding during the training exercise. We so want to applaud him for this bullshit reason, but this is 2018 and, unlike those who praised the move, saying bleached skin women deserve whatever they got, we’re looking for scientific evidence to support that claim.
Although Ghanaians on social media showed they are not swallowing the bullshit and condemned the move as unfair, sexist and arbitrary to women, we at WokeAfrica are wondering why the target was only women and if men with bleached skin and stretched marks that are shortlisted for the job will train without bleeding because theirs is a special kind of body.
The agency during the backlash on social media arrogantly revealed it was recruiting only 500 people after about 84,000 people paid 50 Cedis ($11, £8) each for application forms. Calculate!
Disqualified applicants have been urged by a local member of parliament, Richard Quashigah to take Ghana Immigration Service to court and recover their money. Let’s hope they do that, and let’s hope they get the justice they deserve.