Men Advocates in Law for Equality
Fighting for gender equality without including male allies is like driving a car on two wheels; you will probably make the journey, but at a slower pace, and a heavier burden to yourself. If men are part of the problem, they should be part of the solution.
J.Jarpa Dawuni, Ph.D.
The majority of precolonial traditional African systems were built on communality, consensus, and complementary gender roles. The MALE Campaign is rooted in the positive indigenous systems of Ubuntu (Nguni word for humanity) and Isokan (the Yoruba word for unity). At IAWL, we believe that when women and men work in unity, and in solidarity, we can achieve gender equality.
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M.A.L.E is our #GenderSolidarity campaign with the vision of igniting individual and organizational transformation towards achieving gender equality in the legal profession.
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Senior Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie, Nigeria
At the heart of gender issues lies fairness, and the importance of providing equal opportunities to roughly half of the world's population. This is not only the right thing to do but unlocking the skills and creativity of women will stimulate economic growth, improve productivity and result in greater prosperity for all.
Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua
Judge, International Criminal Court, The Hague
The principle of gender equality is one of the main topics at the heart of international human rights. It provides equal opportunities for women and men in all areas of life and especially in decision-making. In fairness and equity, men have a legal and moral duty to protect these rights by working with women and standing as allies, while giving women the space needed to define these rights from their lived reality. Thus, male allies can advance gender equality and make the world a better place for all.
Chairman, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Board
Intelligence is a human phenomenon/condition. It is not limited by gender, ethnicity, the level of melanin in one's skin, religion, sexual orientation or any other consideration. As such, it is illogical not to tap into 50% of the human species and all of its intelligence, creativity, spirituality, skillset and experiences. Gender equality is not a nice thing to seek, it is a smart thing to do. It is illogical do otherwise.
Professor of Law, Cornell University, USA
Although progress has been made, we are far from achieving gender equality. We need to improve the gender sensitivity of all our institutions—economic, legal and political, and remove the structural impediments to change that are so pervasive in our society. Without gender sensitivity, the barriers to equality will continue to exist leading us to a less cohesive society due to inequalities. It is only by being sensitive to the challenges women face that we can begin to fully appreciate the impact of patriarchy on our society and make all men and women appreciate our responsibility to effect change.