It's important who you surround yourself with:
I am fortunate to have such a man in my life. My husband and life partner for 18 years has been our homemaker and stay-at-home dad ever since our first child was born. We have been so blessed to have one of us be able to stay home to help raise the kids. My husband has been completely supportive of my goals and dreams -- something that is often taken away from women by their husbands. Despite his fears of feeling “less of a man” for taking on this role, and abandoning his own career aspirations, he has persisted and provides a great life for our family with his many talents.
Noticing other supportive men and appreciating them:
Throughout my life, I’ve met men that have been pro-women’s empowerment, but never have I met a man as feminist as Mojo Mustapha. I also don’t think I’ve ever met a man who majored in Women’s Studies in college like Mojo did. Since 2004, Mojo has been building an Eco Feminist Tourism business called Hedonisia in Hawaii where besides empowering women to manage the land, the community manages web projects that focus on women’s reproductive, economic, physical and intellectual empowerment. If you are ever looking to take a vacation in Hawaii on a limited budget, you might want to look into volunteering there in trade for lodging.
- Here is a portfolio of their EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Projects. Interns can work on these sites as part of their duties. Tasks would include editing, writing, research or creating micro-documentaries for our Feminist Entrepreneur projects.
- Or if you'd rather trade for physical labor and tending the earth, here is a link to their Jungle Queen program.
- And if you’re not on a limited budget and this sounds intriguing and you want to support it, I highly recommend staying in one of Hedonisia’s eclectic lodging spaces.
Supporting organizations that encourage men to respect women:
Also, check out the He For She campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change by encouraging them to take action against negative inequalities faced by women and girls.