Monday, June 20, 2016
USAID to Dads: Help advance women's agenda, and btw, get circumcised
Apparently USAID bureaucrats feel so antagonistic or ambivalent toward men that the only way they can stomach Father's Day is to allow that at least some men help advance their women's agenda. And then they encourage readers to learn more about male circumcision. Now there's a Father's Day present for which every Dad hopes.
Here's what a recent USAID email had to say--and not say--about Father's Day:
"This Father's Day, we salute men and recognize their essential role in families--in finance, health, education, and much more.
"At the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the core of development. Today, as we celebrate fathers everywhere, we want to underscore that men’s informed and active participation in development is crucial to creating a more equitable world for all. \
"In this spirit, we wish to send special thanks to the many men around the world who continue to support women and girls’ right to equal footing with men and boys, even at the risk of going against dominant socio-cultural norms. Your dedicated service is vital to better health and improved lives for everyone. Only together can we unlock full human potential on a transformational scale.
• "Find out about USAID’s commitment to meeting the reproductive health and family planning needs of couples and individuals around the world.
• "Learn about the REAL Fathers initiative and how we’re working with husbands and fathers to reduce domestic violence.
• "Learn more about how men protect themselves and their partners from HIV through USAID-supported voluntary medical male circumcision programs.
• "View the USAID Father's Day photo gallery."