Why Feminism is a Human Rights Issue

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I love Emma’s speech. Wow. Emma Watson, known famously for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter, delivered a speech to the United Nations this weekend, launching a UN solidarity campaign for men and boys to join in support of gender equality. What Ms Watson so perfectly states in her speech is that the world relies on us to do something, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

There are two important links to share with you today. The first link is, obviously, the speech Ms Watson delivered to the UN.  The next link I’ll share here with you today is the website where men and boys can stand up for gender equality: http://www.heforshe.org/

Gender equality is not a woman’s issue, it is a human rights issue, and that is why I proudly and unabashedly wear the badge of feminism. Here’s the thing, gender equality is not just for women. Even men have suffered from gender inequality in the moments when their role as a father has been marginalized.

Men and boys: this is your formal invitation to make public your support of women and the respect women deserve as equals to men. If you agree, then go to the HeForShe website now and add your name to the list of men and boys around the world. I am number 25, 030. When you have added your name to the list, then post your number here as a celebration of equality among the genders.

I am Joe Valley. I am a feminist. I believe in women and I respect them as my equal. In turn, I see myself as equal to women. I see my role as a father being equally important as a mother’s role. I am ready for change. #heforshe

2 Responses to "Why Feminism is a Human Rights Issue"
  1. Brennen Finchum says:


    • Joe Valley says:

      Wow, Brennen! A ton of guys have signed their names. So amazing. Thanks for sharing your number.

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