6 Guys who think girls can change the world

Traditionally, men have been on the sidelines in the struggle to advance the rights of girls and women around the world.

That’s why the #HeforShe movement – which calls on men to be activists and allies in addressing the disproportionate hurdles girls face – was a huge wake up call for activists around the world. It showed us that gender inequality is a burden on all of humanity, and men too have a key role to play in addressing this injustice.

In honor of #HeforShe and International Day of the Girl (October 11) we asked 6 guys – guys who work in the humanitarian and aid community – why they stand with women and girls for gender equality. Here’s what they said:

1. Kennedy Odede
Founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities

“Growing up in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, I witnessed the structural and daily violence that exists against girls and women. My own mother is a survivor. I got to a point where I could not sit back and watch my sisters in Kibera be victimized one day longer. I knew I had to do something.

As a man, I cannot speak for girls and women, but I can speak for justice, and as long as there is rampant violence and inequality of opportunity facing girls and women, there is no justice…

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