Recently, sexual harassment and violence against women have been at the forefront of the national conversation. The accusations against Harvey Weinstein and the overwhelming “Me Too” posts by multitudes of women are shining a light on how many women and girls have been victims of sexual harassment or assault.
Violence against women has always existed and is part of a larger problem around gender in our society. JWF raises awareness and educates the community about cultural norms imposed on our boys and girls that can lead to violence and other unhealthy outcomes. JWF empowers women and girls to create positive change, but women can’t do it alone. We know that men play a critical role to change the culture, remove barriers to equality, and prevent violence against women. To further engage men in our work to create gender equality, we are launching Men as Allies.
We know that change will only happen when all people see the humanity in each other. Women’s rights are human rights. We need men to partner with women to find solutions to gender inequalities that still exist in our society. If men stand up, speak out, and invest in women, together we can create positive change.
In the words of Gloria Steinem: “Yes, I am optimistic. But I also know nothing will happen automatically. Change depends on what you and I do every day.”
Join us as we fight for change – not because she is someone’s daughter, sister, or mother – but because she is someone.