Religion, as we all know, has conflictual forces within it which lean both forward and backwards when it comes to advancing justice and equality for all. No where is this tension felt more acutely than in the domain of gender where throughout history and still today we see both empowering/disempowering forces which both encourage women to rise up above patriarchal ideas/norms and also to stay in "their place".
Like so many today, we at the Women's Liberty Bell Blog believe that our world is in a unique moment of time where the sheer shock of how low the floor has dropped for women's human rights around the world has created a holy catalyst not just to engage in humanitarian relief for women but also a deeper change of consciousness of the underlying hierarchical model of gender which has for centuries devalued and disempowered women as the subordinate "lesser than" gender. Key to this deeper transformation is the involvement of men embracing gender equality/justice not just as a "women's issue" but as a common human struggle. Without this, all we will have is these tiring gender battles...
All this is to say... we need your partnership to step up together to be fully empowered human beings and to create a better world for our daughters and our sons to thrive as human beings.
Men, please chime in this April!
Enlisting Male Allies: Stepping Up Together to Be the Change... Empowering women is only half of the equation of gender justice/equality. Men too need to be part of the change of gender balancing our world. For you personally as a male, what shifts have occurred in your gender/faith journey that have enabled you to lean in to gender equality? How has this enhanced and enlarged your own development as a human being? Where do you see both obstacles & opportunities to more fully enlisting men as partners in getting faith more fully onboard with gender justice?
Just a short sweet post will do, something from the heart and from your own life experience. We really really REALLY need your voices & your solidarity!