Men in the Movement: Carl Lovell

My father, Carl Lovell, is a tireless champion for women’s reproductive health and rights. He is responsible for instilling within me the passion and drive to spend my life working for health access, human rights, and sustainability – all of which are goals he has pursued for more than 35 years as a family practice physician and global citizen.


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Men in the Movement: Kevin Park

Kevin Park was introduced to feminism by his cousin Kathi. Their conversations about her political beliefs made him curious to find out more, so he asked his cousin for her advice. Kathi suggested he become a volunteer with an organization where he could explore feminism in action, and suggested one where she had previously been an intern. So, as a rising high school junior, Kevin became a part of the family at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE). Playing many different and vital roles, he has been a regular presence ever since.


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Men in the Movement: What Valentina Knows about Her Uncle Ricardo

Men in the Movement: What Valentina Knows about Her Uncle Ricardo

Valentina is 4 years old and she has known me since she was born. She’s the niece of my partner Abel, and according to Valentina, both of us are her uncles and a part of her family. Valentina doesn’t know that I am an advocate working for LGBT rights globally. She only knows that both of her uncles love her, play with her, and teach her new things from time to time.


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Men in the Movement: Dreams of Our Fathers

Men in the Movement: Dreams of Our Fathers

Last month, I became a new father to a beautiful boy. I've since thought a lot about my own father, who died 25 years ago and would have loved to see this moment. But a deeper loss than my own struck me the first time my baby boy fell asleep on my chest. All 10 pounds of him curled up, sleeping, snorting, crying, and pooping. It was something my father, and many of his generation, never experienced.


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Men in the Movement: The Journey of a Pro-Feminist Man

Men in the Movement: The Journey of a Pro-Feminist Man

Twelve years ago, I made the unprecedented decision to quit journalism and start a journey into the what was then unfamiliar territory. I had written too many news stories about gender-based violence, sent out too many appeals, and helped too many victims seek redress to no avail. The screams that had punctuated my childhood became too loud, and my conscience was too beset to remain still. Memories of the torture I had witnessed, including that of my own mother and sister, had overtaken my desire to become an author of international repute.


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Rio+20 is About Youth Sexual Rights

On the road to Rio+20, the negotiations for an outcome document are almost at an end, but still, we need to ensure that the outcome of the negotiations really reflect the needs of people around the world, particularly young people. In the Rio+20 process, we cannot forget that this whole process is about people, our rights, our wellbeing, and our needs. To speak about sustainable development is also to speak about human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, especially for young people and adolescents.


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Men in the Movement: Altin Hazizaj

Men in the Movement: Altin Hazizaj

Inspirational people are everywhere around us. Some of them are responsible for amazing inventions that have changed our world forever. Others have made contributions to building nations, strengthening communities, and advocating peace. However, we often don't need to look too far because the people we look up to are a part of our daily lives.


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Men in the Movement: I Am Not 'Mr. Mom'

Men in the Movement: I Am Not 'Mr. Mom'

In 1983, a very funny movie starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr was released called Mr. Mom.

It’s not so funny to me anymore.

The movie, as I am sure you remember, is about a breadwinning dad and a stay-at-home mom switching roles. Michael Keaton’s character, Jack Butler, is laid off from his job and he ends up staying home with the kids when his wife lands a job in an ad agency.


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Men in the Movement: Angel Mendez

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Finding a man who spends his life championing sexual and reproductive health is a rare and remarkable endeavor on its own. To do it in Guatemala, a country marked by its brashly machismo culture, is a downright impressive feat.


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Men in the Movement: Continuing a Legacy of Reproductive Health and Rights

Men in the Movement: Continuing a Legacy of Reproductive Health and Rights

In my family, being pro-choice comes naturally. This is not just because the ghost of my grandmother, Margaret Sanger, would rise from her grave to wreak vengeance on any of her relations who dare stray from the path. It is also because the guys have the model of my grandfather, William Sanger, to emulate.


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