Magazine article New Internationalist

Men Tackle Gender Inequality

Magazine article New Internationalist

Men Tackle Gender Inequality

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ETHIOPIA

The battle for global gender equality is hard fought, but in many parts of the world - away from the gaze of the media - encouraging progress is made which gets little attention.

One example is the remarkable change which has taken place among the Borana people in Ethiopia. This pastoralist community has long had a patriarchal culture under which women suffered with little power or protection. But thanks to the work of a local Christian Aid partner organization called Hundee, new laws have been enacted which outlaw female genital mutilation, child marriage and excessive drinking.

Crucially it has not only been laws that have changed, but attitudes too, such as that of 50-year-old farmer Galgalo Sora, who attended a series of education workshops. Galgalo used to beat his wife, Loko, leave her to do the work of the household and spend the family's money as if it was his own. …

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