It seems there is a need to better educate boys about girls and women, showing they are intelligent and strong. Create a curriculum or special educational program, to be woven into their schooling, explaining the physical attributes of females, the importance of their carrying and birthing children, their health needs and their limitations, as well as their need for full education. Teach boys to be team workers with girls; men to be team workers with women. These classes or lessons would need to be tailored for the specific country or culture, depending on certain beliefs and practices there, especially if they are false. Each nation should form a committee of educated women to develop this curriculum. This curriculum would include listing outstanding female leaders in the community, the nation and the world. It would include listing the achievements of adults and school girls in their own community, to hold them up as models of great achievers for their communities happiness and advancement. Also boys must learn their own role; that they are important and can be leaders, but must always respect females and see them as partners in the development of their community. It is necessary to teach men that they have the responsibility to shoulder the respect of their female partners; and to serve as strong fathers, being models to their own children. Can the United Nations do this? Can the local government do it? I would hope the U.N. could write a curriculum which could serve as a model for any community, and then local leaders could modify it for their own culture or setting.
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