M.A.L.E. Allies, which stands for Men Advocates in Law for Equality, is a professional network based on adopting gender solidarity as an approach to include men in the quest for gender equality. Through the network, we are committed to igniting individual and organizational transformation toward gender equality in the legal profession.
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.
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.
Gender sensitivity: Understand and be sensitive to how gender as a social construct affects and determines male and female roles and relationships.
Gender inclusion: Understand the need not to discriminate against others based on sex, gender identity, or other forms of gender stereotypes.
Gender equity: Provide fair opportunities to address past gender-based discrimination towards women and provide an equitable playing field.
Gender equality: Provide equal opportunities for women and men in decision-making and enjoyment of the benefits of the means of production.
RAMP UP Pledge
Representing women's voices and actions in decision-making at the workplace.
Advancing women's leadership at the workplace through the promotion of talent.
Mentoring & professional sponsorship for women in junior positions through positive action.
Promoting a gender equality mindset at the individual and organizational levels.
Understanding intersectional gender biases and stereotypes that affect women negatively.
Promoting a gender-inclusive culture at the individual and organizational levels.
Specific: Clearly defined actionable goals & indicators at the individual or organizational levels.
Measurable: Tracking your progress towards meeting your goals.
Achievable: Goals that can be met within your context.
Realistic: Attainable within your given capabilities.
Timely: Time-bound targets that can be periodically evaluated and assessed.
**Develop your unique S.M.A.R.T goals to meet the pledge.