1 July 2016
After a picture of an Ivory Coast Professor backing one of her female student’s baby in class went viral on social media, the Professor in an interview with BBC said that being a mother should not stop women from getting education.
BBC identified the Professor as Honore Kahi who teaches communications at Ivory Coast’s Bouake University.
Professor Kahi had offered to take the baby and back him as he was crying and preventing the mother from sitting in class to learn.
Describing the reaction of his other students to his actions, he said they were surprised and began to laugh and then took pictures.
Since the picture was first shared on social media, most likely by one of the students, many who have also shared the picture praised the Professor as a hero.
In the interview with BBC, Professor Kahi, said that women should not be discouraged by people’s perceptions of what they should be able to do and what they shouldn’t be able to do. He said chauvinism prevails in the society.
“‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.’ In our environment we let ourselves be discouraged by others.”
Talking about the effect his action had on the situation, he said that when he took the baby and tied him on his back he stopped crying and fell asleep.
“In fact, men are able to do certain things, and usually it’s the way society sees men that prevents them from doing these things.”
Speaking further in the interview, Professor Kahi said the students who had laughed at him later realised that “this is a good father, this is a real man… [and] a role model”.