The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 leaves a lot to be desired.

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“Can someone please explain to me what #BalanceForBetter means?”

A leader of one of the gender equity networks I am a part of posted this question to the group’s listserv yesterday. As I read it, I felt a sigh of relief that I wasn’t the only one feeling the cynicism about this year’s theme for International Women’s Day.

Interestingly, the United Nations has a different theme for International Women’s Day 2019, but somehow the #BalanceforBetter theme has taken off. The group behind the theme explain it on their website:

“From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting…

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Since #MeToo become a mainstream movement over a year ago, followed by the revelations of disgraceful abuse that sparked #AidToo in the international aid and development sector, companies and organizations have been frantically trying to figure out what to do to address harassment at work. There have been CEO pledges, events, panels, reports, and articles. …

Image clippings that are used in a training exercise to engage men and women in discussions about gender equality. Photo by Lindsey Jones-Renaud.

Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology at Stoney Brook University in New York and globally recognized expert on engaging men and boys for gender equality, was part of a training I gave a few months ago. He was not there in person, but I used a quote and picture of him to illustrate how power and privilege are at the root of all identity-based violence, including sexual harassment. …

Lindsey Jones-Renaud

Solopreneur, feminist facilitator and advocate, and mom writing about gender justice.

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