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Happy International Men's Day

I celebrate the boys and men who make the world a better place.

I celebrate those who stand with girls and women, and have chosen to distance themselves from toxic masculinity that leads to abuse and murder of girls and women.

As a mother to a son, and other sons by extension, I advocate for the empowerment of our boys and men.

Boys must be taught to know their rights & responsibilities. Boys must be accountable. Boys must be raised to express their emotions in healthy ways, and to seek help and treatment when ill. Girls and Women must treat boys and men as they would like to be treated. The blaming, shaming, and guilt-tripping of boys and men must stop. A maternal lens to gender issues needs to be adopted, that of unconditional love for all children female and male.

Francisca Mandeya Author of Mother Behold Thy Son