U.N. encourages men to embrace gender equality

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The United Nations says more men should embrace traditionally female roles. Picture courtesy of the Twitter Photo Section. The United Nations says more men should embrace traditionally female roles. Picture courtesy of the Twitter Photo Section.

The United Nations is reminding men that gender equality is good for them, too.

Martina Vuk, Slovenia’s minister for social affairs and equal opportunities, said rejecting gender stereotypes would allow both men and women to explore new opportunities in life.

“It has become clear that if we continue to live in a society where gender inequality exists, we all lose,” Vuk said.

Bafana Khumalo, co-founder of South Africa’s Sonke Gender Justice, works with men and boys to encourage them to be more involved in domestic tasks traditionally done by women. He said in his work he has found more men enjoy household chores than they would like to admit.

Panelists from various countries said gender inequality is not an isolated issue, and is a problem around the world.

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