The United Nations has just launched a well articulated solidarity movement calling men to stand for gender quality alongside the women of the world. The following speech by Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, is a concise and inspiring example that’s worth the 13 minutes it will take to watch. She calls for men around the world to join the struggle on behalf of women around the world.
Equality for women doesn’t have to equal “man-hating” and feminism doesn’t have to be a bad word.
As I have said in my post explaining my own advocacy for women’s leadership in the church, the statistics say that evangelical leaders (and I suspect that most other Christian leaders) are supportive of women’s equality when asked in a survey. But too many of those men either believe that the issue is not critical enough to warrant speaking up or they are afraid of the consequences of doing so among their colleagues. Those men remain silent.
Maybe now is the time? Maybe this United Nations call to action will finally be the moment when Christian male leaders will stand up for the sake of their sisters?
This UN campaign called HeForShe is well produced and the call to action is not overly-politicized. Surely we can all agree that women should have equal opportunity to do what God has called them to do. Maybe this can be a movement where Christian men will lead the way as we commit to working for the advancement of women across the globe.
Will you sign the pledge? Will you take one action step today to work for gender equality? Will you use your voice as a preacher or blogger to advocate for women’s equality? Will you give a donation to your local domestic violence shelter or make a loan to one of these innovative women entrepreneurs? Will you challenge a sexist comment made about or to one of your colleagues? Women’s issues are our issues. Let Christian men lead this new movement as they advocate for God’s kingdom coming among our sisters.
The #HeForShe movement isn’t just for our sisters. It’s also a movement for God’s coming kingdom.
To read a strong case for the need for advocating for women for the sake of the church, see Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James.
Click here for more of what I have written on women in ministry.