It was a charitable cause that took Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s younger son to Nepal, but Prince Harry took up the cause of women as well while he was there. The 31 year old former war soldier, pilot and philanthropist recently visited our neighboring country as part of his official tour of areas affected by the devastating earthquakes. His aim? To promote education and tourism in the disaster affected areas of the country. [Feature Image Courtesy: royalhistorygeeks.com]
Here are a few things he said that everyone needs to know and follow from his feminist speech, which qualifies him as the most potent feminist icon to promote the idea amongst men in the world:
Prince Harry’s opinion on why we need dialogue that focuses on the rights of women
I think it’s important to acknowledge something that has become obvious to me and is already known to everyone in this room: there are way too many obstacles between girls and the opportunities they deserve. We need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys.
He bound women across class, race and other demographics
Whether it’s a girl in Lesotho living with HIV; or the talented young woman in Britain who doesn’t get taken seriously because of where she grew up; or the 14 year old girl forced out of school so she can get married here in Nepal; we need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys.
And this is why we feel that he is a feminist
We won’t unlock these opportunities for young women and girls unless we can change the mindset of every family and community. To achieve this, it cannot just be women who speak up for girls.
And Prince Harry thinks men, especially public figures, must participate in the feminist debate
I believe it is vitally important for men like me to acknowledge this as loudly and openly as role models do like President Bhandari, the US First Lady Michelle Obama and activists like Malala. As the First Lady has said, change needs to come from the bottom up.
If you are trying to jog your memory about which other male in recent times has come out strongly in support of women’s rights, let us remind you. It’s Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said that “Men and women should use the term feminist to describe themselves anytime they want.”
More power to such men in public life we say!