6 Guys who think girls can change the world

10/8/2014
ONE.org

Traditionally, men have been on the sidelines in the struggle to advance the rights of girls and women around the world.

That’s why the #HeforShe movement – which calls on men to be activists and allies in addressing the disproportionate hurdles girls face – was a huge wake up call for activists around the world. It showed us that gender inequality is a burden on all of humanity, and men too have a key role to play in addressing this injustice.

In honor of #HeforShe and International Day of the Girl (October 11) we asked 6 guys – guys who work in the humanitarian and aid community – why they stand with women and girls for gender equality. Here’s what they said:

1. Kennedy Odede
Founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities

“Growing up in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, I witnessed the structural and daily violence that exists against girls and women. My own mother is a survivor. I got to a point where I could not sit back and watch my sisters in Kibera be victimized one day longer. I knew I had to do something.

As a man, I cannot speak for girls and women, but I can speak for justice, and as long as there is rampant violence and inequality of opportunity facing girls and women, there is no justice...

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