“You can be the generation to ensure that women are no longer second-class citizens. You can be the generation that stands up and says that violence against women in any form, in any place, including the home – especially the home – that isn’t just a women’s rights violation; it’s a human rights violation. And it has no place it any society.” – Michelle Obama
Millions of girls around the world have unequal access to education, growing up to become women with fewer professional opportunities and little means of asserting their own wants and needs. Domestic and other forms of gender-based violence, bolstered by negative stereotypes of women and men, sustain an inequality that plagues communities globally. Violence against women is not an issue of the Global South; it is not relegated to history, long disappeared from our rear-view mirrors. Violence against women exists worldwide, in our own communities and households. And it won’t end with the revision of laws that protect and defend our mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors and friends. This pervasive, universal violence will only be stopped if we as individuals take responsibility for changing the ways in which we react to, talk about, and change our attitudes toward it.
We are a part of the generation that has in our hands the capacity to either create a better world or, if we sit idle, allow cycles of violence to continue. Empowering women cannot happen in a vacuum. We are looking for forward-thinking men who are proud of their commitment to ending gender inequality by promoting a new generation of what we call Better Men.
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