Let’s talk about boys and consent. Isn’t it strange on all women have been victim or know someone who’s been victim of sexual harassment or rape, but most men don’t know any harassers or rapist?
We must act with boys on the concepts of consent, equality and respect for the limits of the other. They must be made aware of the consequences of the actions they can take.
Let’s be the generation of parents who will teach their sons to act respectfully instead of only teaching our daughters to beware. As a mother and step-mother of both boys and girls, I strongly believe in this. Too much of our energy is spent teaching our daughters how to avoid danger and not enough time to teach our sons to act respectfully, to step up when they see someone acting disrespectfully.
Everyone has a meaningful role to play in promoting gender equality and the right of all women & children to lead healthy lives free of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.