Gender in development – part 1


The Sonke Gender Justice Network in South Africa has a “Brothers for Life” campaign –  using ‘real men’ as models to start a conversation about men helping to be responsible for their partners’ and children’s health.

As workers and activists in the world of gender sometimes emphasize: ‘gender’ being not just about women.

Having lived in a heavily patriarchal society, and seen patriarchs wield power over the women in their households, I believe that having an unjust society with power imbalances makes life miserable for everyone. Women generally get a far, far worse deal – but finding ways to put these things behind us is a win for society, not just for one part of it.

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