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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Thank you for this insight. I completely agree that more programs need to be offered to educate boys about women and to teach them how to respect them. Because boys are taught from an early age to be tough and to act like a "man", whatever that means, they assume that there role is to dominate and to conceal their emotions. Communities and their governments need to encourage dialog between girls and boys, especially in the schools and make sure that both sides feel that can express themselves on the matter.

Thanks Lea, for reading my proposal. In the U.S. we are barely moving away from certain faiths and cultures that hold males as dominant. But even moreso in certain other countries, the practice and belief is that the male knows best, and must be dominant. I believe also that males in these cultures are not always truly valued by their society, and must be taught that they have intelligence, as well as responsibility for the entire family, their nuclear family, and the family of the community, so that their responsibility reaches to all females as well. I hope I am conveying what I'm thinking! Males need to play a role in protecting their family, but ALL females, children and adults. Respect for humanity underlies this idea. Where did it get lost?

You are so right Lea on your recommendations about educating boys. Gender equity has to be about women empowering themselves and striving for change and for ensuring that men see this as well. Building a more equitable society means that everyone must take responsibility. We should start with mothers educating their sons about treating women with respect and valuing their humanity. We need to eradicate this idea of male dominance and chauvinism.

Charlene Phung MPH

Hello Charlene, thanks for your input. I had this idea of a specific educational program to enlighten boys (young and older) to not only respect females (young and older!), but to accept how women contribute to their society, to their lives, as mothers, teachers, healthcare workers, etc.; that girls will not grow into these important adults unless they are honored, respected, and interacted with on an equal level. Can you initiate such an educational program? - - WorldCare

This is a great idea. We need to educate boys on the value of women. My question is, if men are the leader and they believe in the status quo, how do we get them to incorporate this in the curriculum?

Kadeen Dennie Listener Pulsewire Magazine

Hi Kadeen, you have a good question, and this is probably the biggest hurdle to implementing an education program for boys. This means educating the adult leaders (men) too! Can this be done through a "state program" which is mandatory training, perhaps combined with some other leadership training? Can it be done by the college system there? Can it be done by a United Nations program? I think it must be presented by an entity which is respected by these leaders. Think it through - - it is not impossible! Nothing is impossible! A curriculum: Make a list of how women are valuable to the society there, and get the men in a circle to discuss it. They feel their "power" threatened, and this perception of theirs must be broken down. An other ideas? Hoping, WorldCare