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15. March 2006

Men for Change

Men for Change with women © SWI

Men for Change 2 © SWI

Sabil Francis  © Xenia Hausner

Sabil Francis joined Women without Borders in January 2006.

Men too!

Suprised? What have men got to do with “women’s” issues?

All over the world, women have their human rights violated—simply because they are women. From women who are killed In Pakistan because they marry the man they love, to women workers who are excluded from work in Mexico for getting pregnant, and women who silently suffer domestic abuse in the West, the violation of the rights of women is the great social epidemic of our times.

And it is a silent epidemic—something that happens day in and day out, year after year without even being acknowledged. The forms of discrimination are all different, but they share something, that women are in some way different and inferior to men.

Consider:
Women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia.
Wives in Syria and Haiti can be killed with legal immunity to avenge family honor.
Women are not allowed to work at night in Bolivia.
Women occupy few positions of power all over the world.
One in two Canadian women has faced at least one act of physical or sexual violence after the age of 16.

Sexual discrimination remains the last socially acceptable form of discrimination.

The "Men for Change" project is born out of a passionate conviction—the belief that the violation of the rights of a woman is not something that should be sidelined as a “women’s issue”, but is a fundamental violation of human rights that affects us all—men and women. Striving for women's rights is a battle based on universal human rights and the rule of law. Men and women should come together to end traditions, practices, and laws that harm women. To be free means being equal in every way. Together, let us work to achieve that goal.


Klick here to read about our first "Men for Change" project in the Philippines.
A "Men for Change!" report from South India.

If you are interested in knowing how you can contribute
Contact SABIL, at office@women-without-borders.org, Men For Change Project

 
 

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