Declaration by Sebastien Benoit, Canada
In terms of women’s rights, we have come a long way. But there is still more to be done. As a male Canadian, I believe we’ve reached the point where the laws are close to where they need to be. But, one more thing we, as men, can do now is offer more respect. Respect; I believe that to be one of the fundamental keys to breaking through the last barriers that hold the sexes back from equality. Could we simply respect the choices a woman makes, whether it is in deciding where she works, or what she wears, or how she acts? I know we value what women bring to our lives, the commitments they make to families, at work, in our communities… So let’s make a commitment to them. Let’s promise to be fair, to support them in their battles. Let’s promise to respect their opinions and choices. Let’s show them that we appreciate everything that they are and everything that they’ve done for us.