If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists I spoke of earlier. We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, to be the "he" for "she".
But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.
No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.
I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating.
If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. And having seen what I’ve seen—and given the chance—I feel it is my duty to say something.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves. English Statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.” In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly—if not me, who, if not now, when.
But what stood out for me the most was that only 30 per cent of her audience were male.
How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?
These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today.