In the pursuit of achieving gender equality, the focus has often been on women: how to remove barriers for the inclusion of women, how to empower women, how to ensure that women gain access to health, economic, educational, and other opportunities. Yet, equity is relational. Inequities are rooted in uneven dynamics that give disproportionate power to one group versus another. Gender equity cannot happen without men. Though more and more men are acknowledging the importance of playing their part, there is still a long way to go.
Gender equality begins at home, and families are at the front lines of change. For the next generation, the examples set at home by parents, care-givers and extended family are shaping the way they think about gender and equality. From breaking down gender stereotypes to sharing the care work, and educating children about women’s rights and gender equality, we need men and boys as our allies in the fight to achieve new social patterns for an ideal society.