Dear President Trump,
We come to you as a group of citizens — activists and legislators, artists and writers, fathers, sons, and husbands. We happen to be men — men who believe in gender equality. We don’t speak for women. We raise our voices with them. We’re calling on you to show us all that you are a man who believes in women’s equality and opposes discrimination and violence of all kinds by men against women and girls.
I hear it again and again: “Men won’t do that.”
That, in this case, refers to housework: cooking, cleaning, wiping up, changing messy diapers and all that stuff. These opinions aren’t just expressed by a few men in passing–they’re felt at the highest levels. At the United Nations, and in governments around the world, when I suggest that men and boys need to do our share of the childcare and chores to achieve equality for women at work, I am frequently met with a look that says: Are you crazy? That will never happen.
President and CEO of Promundo, a global leader in promoting gender justice & preventing violence by engaging men & boys in partnership with women & girls.