In this day and age, many people believe that feminism is unnecessary; it is a common misconception that society has developed to a point where people are treated equally regardless of their gender. However, we see that current statistics state otherwise. Our program strongly believes that feminism is still needed to bring awareness to the mistreatment of people as a result of their gender:
- In Canada, women only represent 27.2% in the House of Commons
- 54% of girls between aged 15 and 19 experience “sexual coercion” in a dating
- Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16
- 78% of people lost to suicide are male
- “Men are much less likely to consult mental health services”
- Men are stereotyped as strong and are degraded if they show weakness
- 15% of sexual assault victims are boys under 16
Though it is often not spoken about, men as like women, constantly face gender stereotypes and feel that they must change to fit society’s standards. Men have limitations about what kind of personality traits they must show, how they must act, occupations in which they must pursue, as well as physical appearance. By educating boys at a young age, we hope that they grow up with the mindset that choosing to express emotions or act stereotypically feminine does not make them any less of a man. In order for gender equality to evolve, as with women, it is important to acknowledge the issues that men face.
- Close platonic relationships between two males are typically addressed as gay
- Men receive 63% longer prison sentences for the same crime
- 1 in 6 men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime
- The number is believed to be higher because men keep quiet in order to not seem weak
In today’s society, feminism advocates for female rights; however, it does not mean that we believe women should have special treatment or men should be degraded. Feminism means that everyone should be treated equally regardless of gender. Both men and women can be feminists, so long as they believe in the power of women and gender equality.
With our events and fundraisers, Leaders for LibHERty strives to educate and enlighten youth about the importance of gender equality. Our program of 6 high school students acts with the hope of positively impacting and educating our community. We believe that bringing awareness to issues that both sexes face can transform gender roles and develop gender equality.