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Barbershop

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Omon Okor

I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.

Exclusive: Interview with Ambassador Henry Mac Donald Barbershop Conference

Exclusive Interview with Ambassador Henry Mac Donald on the Upcoming Barbershop Confer
Every man has  been to a barbershop. These are spaces of male socialization where behaviors, attitudes and norms about what it means to be a man and about gender relations are learned and internalized. While relations between men and women are often discussed among men in barbershops, conversations often reflect the stereotyped roles of women and men and rarely focus on serious issues that are at the root of discrimination and violence against women.

Barbershops can provide a setting for men-to-men discussions about their own role and behaviors in realizing women’s rights and ending violence against women. 

Progress towards gender equality is being held back by unequal power relations between women and men. Overcoming this barrier requires not only laws and policies. It also requires a change in attitudes and behavior.  For this to happen, men need to discuss with other men, masculinity, gender stereotypes, and their own responsibilities to realize gender equality and women’s rights. The Conference will look at innovative ways for men to engage, mobilize and motivate other men to work for gender equality and address discriminatory stereotypes of masculinity.  It will discuss strategies to encourage men to talk with other men and boys about gender equality, and spaces where such a dialogue needs to take place.  It will also identify key themes that need to be prominent in such dialogues, and leaders who can drive such dialogues. Watch Amb. Henry Mac Donald Discuss more about the Upcoming Barbershop Conference in the  Video
Author
Omon Okor

I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.