By Luana Mattos, Regular ContributorJuly 10, 2015
It's been almost ten months since the U.N Women launched the "He For She" campaign. In a speech that changed the course of the history of feminism, and maybe even its meaning, Emma Watson invited men to join women in the fight for equality. Ever since then Emma has proved to be unstoppable, and she even had a message for those who tried to stop her: “If anything, it made me so much more determined. I was just raging. It made me so angry that I was just like, ‘This is why I have to be doing this.This is why I have to be doing this. If they were trying to put me off, it did the opposite” -Emma about the threats she got after the speech at the UN.
And now Emma, along with the UN Women, is taking "He For She" to another challenging level. They are inviting Afghan men to fight for women's rights. It takes a lot of courage for women to fight for their rights, but it makes it more difficult when men are fighting against their beliefs.
So in order to encourage men to join this fight, the slogan “A Brave Man Stands for Women” was selected.
"The objective of this slogan is to acknowledge the challenge in surmounting those ingrained traditions, which are discriminatory against women. It underscores a courageous character for a man willing to overcome his own misconceptions and renounce harmful customs, which make women vulnerable. Furthermore, it denotes respect and homage for those men standing up for women’s rights, rather than those who debilitate women," says the UN Women; "The HeForShe campaign in Afghanistan aspires to commence honest discussions and dialogues among Afghan men and boys about the issues faced by Afghan women in their continuous struggle for equality. UN Women Afghanistan hopes that every Afghan man and boy, particularly the younger generation, acts as a catalyst of change by embracing the mission of the HeForShe campaign, each a ripple effect with wide outreach." (A Brave Man Stands For Women)
It’s a big step for people, both men and women, in Afghanistan, and I hope that together they will find the strength and bravery they need to make history in their country as well as in the entire continent of Asia. This is just the beginning!
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.” -Emma Watson, UN speech.
It’s important to point out that #Feminism is not about women running the world, but men and women working together for equality and justice for all!
How do you think this will help spread feminism in other countries? How can we begin to educate males on feminism more? Tell us below.
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects,