This International Men’s Day, I’d like to outline why it’s not anti-feminist or against women to celebrate men. I applaud it’s recognition that to achieve Equality, we must understand our differences equally. #HeForShe is not enough. We must be Equal Allies to EquAllies.
We must understand the barriers to Equality for both genders, in order to challenge and change them.
So, it’s not against women to say that men are;
less likely to attain well at school
more likely than women to be homeless,
more likely to be the victim of violence,
more likely to be murdered,
more likely to serve prison sentences
more likely to die by suicide.
Just as it’s not wrong to say that women are;
more likely to be paid less for equal work
more likely to be sexually assaulted,
more likely to be murdered by their partners
But in these politically divisive times it’s important we ALL recognise what makes us competitively human; our ability to empathise, forgive, collaborate and grow from challenges.
We must become Equal Allies to EquAllies.
How? Women; this International Men’s Day ask;
- What men in my life are worth celebrating?
- What makes them worth celebrating?
- What challenges do they face?
- How can I help them?
Men, this International Men’s Day ask;
- What makes me worth celebrating?
- What challenges do you face?
- How help do you need?
By seeing and treating each other as Equals, we can tackle inequality.
And it starts with you.