Gender Roles: HeForShe
Natali Al Jundy
As we delve further into the theme of gender equality and its impact on the the world surrounding us, it is crucial to highlight men’s roles in the ever-present battle for equality and how exactly they are impacted. HeForShe is an organization launched in 2014, designed to be “a solidarity movement for gender equality”. One of its goals is to reiterate how important it is for men to be able to confidently advocate for themselves in order to pave a clearer path to gender equality among all.
In her famous speech at the UN, Emma Watson advocates for HeForShe by talking about her own experience with feminism. She says “the more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” She touches on the fact that more often than not, feminism has been associated with the empowerment of women over men, rather than placing females over males and calling it equality.
A lot of the misconceptions regarding feminism also stem from the lack of awareness coming from the advocates themselves. This includes details such as the fact that “men are 165% more likely to be convicted than women”, or that “40-70% of domestic violence is against men, however, less than 1% of domestic violence shelter spaces are for men”. And those are only a few of the unnoticed inequalities men suffer from every day.
These inequalities affect each and every one of us. Do not take their impact lightly.