Gender Equity: Working with Young Men and Boys | We The Women, Bangalore

October 7, 2018 | Gender

Rohini Nilekani speaks to Raghu Karnad on why we must engage men as stakeholders and co-beneficiaries in gender equity.

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00:02 Raghu Karnad: Rohini, I think you had an idea about how you wanted to begin this session. Do you wanna take it?

00:07 Rohini Nilekani: Yeah. So first of all, Namaskāra ellarigu. It’s fantastic to be here. Thank you, Barkha. Thank you, all of you, very much. So…

00:17 RN: We’re gonna have a short conversation, but I hope an important one. But I asked Raghu if I could do this. I know you’ve had a very emotional day and a long, tiring day, moments of high inspiration, moments of desperation. I’m sure a lot of things. I heard about some of it in the room behind. So I’m gonna ask for your patience. What if we were to take only 30 seconds, and you’re the counter for that, no more than that, just to close our eyes and to visualize a world of gender equity, of males, females, and the transgenders, a world of gender equity. What does it look like when we close our eyes for 30 seconds? Let’s try.

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01:25 RN: It felt good to me, quite colorful.

01:28 RK: That was about 30 seconds. I was beginning to see the outlines of a picture. But do you want to tell us whether you were starting to see something?

01:38 RN: I think what I see when I visualize that is somehow I see a little more of a peaceful balance, like bright colors but that are peaceful. And so much of everything to do with this topic is about aggression and force, that a kinder, gentler world, maybe I’m getting old or something, but seems like something to look forward to.

02:05 RK: Yes. It seemed that I think I was starting to see something similar. I just felt that a world where there’s less fear and insecurity…

02:13 RN: Yes, yes.

02:17 RK: Across the board is probably one that would be much more fair.

02:18 RN: Absolutely right.

02:20 RK: But Rohini, I’ve been… To bring it back from that utopia to the imperfect world we live in today…

02:26 RN: Yes.

02:27 RK: I’ve been really looking forward to this conversation because I think that we have arrived here this afternoon from two different places. So I just flew in from Bombay, which I’m sure most of you are aware is the eye of a storm right now, and it’s a storm of public reckoning for upper class and generally quite powerful men…

02:53 RN: Yes.

02:53 RK: Who are facing the consequences and are having to explain themselves, or having to acknowledge the ways that they have harassed or mistreated women in their lives and in their workplaces. And a lot of those men are men who remind me of myself. And so a lot of men like me are also thinking very hard about ways in which we might have done that in our own lives and in our own workplaces. And there are no simple questions there. I promise you that. Whereas, I think, where you’re coming from in this conversation, having… I’ve been very affected by the last three days. I think what you’ve been thinking about recently is the last 20 years of your life. You spent 20 years of your life doing, very involved in inspiring social work in all sorts of fields and water education, conservation…

03:48 RN: Yes.

03:50 RK: And self-employment, a lot of it that tends to concentrate on helping and targeting women and girls.

04:00 RN: Yes.

04:01 RK: But it also has made you… It has also exposed you to men. It has also made you look at men who are from a very different place. These aren’t the men of the powerful often. These aren’t public figures of the elite. These are men who are poor or working class and are vulnerable and often powerless themselves.

04:21 RN: Yes.

04:22 RK: So do you want to tell us… I guess I’ve sketched out the men that I’ve been paying attention to, who are at the top of the power pyramid. Do you wanna tell us who you’ve been seeing, who comes to mind, when you think of…

04:32 RN: Sure, sure. First of all, let me say I’m in complete empathy with the frustration that women all over the world are feeling. Just when it feels like we have arrived somewhere, that there are opportunities… We just heard about opportunities in science, we’ve seen numbers really going up in terms of participation in politics. In India, actually, there are one million, one million elected women, when you count the Panchayat leaders, and that is a number unparalleled anywhere in the world. It doesn’t mean that they’re fully empowered, but they are participating. And I just was looking at some Canadian college numbers where three-to-two is the ratio of men to women, women to men. So a lot of things are happening, just when we feel like, “Oh, my God, are we turning the corner in this new century?” There seems to be such a backlash and things that we couldn’t have imagined beginning to happen again. So let me start by saying I’m in total, total solidarity on that.

05:28 RN: But working for 20 years in education, usually with girl children, making sure they’re coming to the school, stay in the school and stuff, working in microfinance, where again, India is a real leader in the world, 65 million women are part of self-help groups or SHGs, which really was extremely transformative for women in India, and especially rural women. They were able to find safe places to share, to get loans, and somehow improve their economic and social lives. Having worked in these sectors, and especially water, we worked in lifeline water in Arghyam and that really affects the women directly. So making sure that the domestic water is available meant that you have to focus a lot on women. But while doing all this over the last three or four years, my attention has moved to adolescent boys and very young men, up to the age of, say, 21, 22, before they get into the workforce.

06:29 RN: And I must say that I’ve spent a lot of time, done a lot of reading about what is the situation of these. Raghu, we have 230 million men just under the age of 18, and if you add between 18 and, say, 22, 24, that takes that number up significantly. Now, we all know and there have been surveys, and we have heard that the surveys tell us that 50% of men in India, and boys too, seem to think it’s all right if a woman behaves a little badly or makes a badly-shaped roti, to give her a bit of a lesson, usually leading to violence, and they believe that women’s place is in the kitchen and a lot of the things that you would think have no place in the 21st century. Now, just imagine if 50% of 230 million men, as they grow up, begin to practice those beliefs. Then I started looking… Did you want to ask something or can I say a few more points?

07:27 RK: No. Please.

07:28 RN: Then I started looking, okay, why is this happening? Let’s go upstream of the women’s empowerment question and say, what is going on with these young boys and men? What is happening to them? And I realized, and I used to read these when I was young, when I was reading up all the feminist literature I could get my hands on, that men too are, as Barkha pointed out, trapped in… Very much trapped in their patriarchal identities. At home, the women in their lives enforce that also, as we know. And really, the context for me is mainly India. I’m not so sure about the rest of the world. These are now today in India’s developing economy, young people with unleashed aspirations, with mobile phones in their hands, but undereducated, underemployed, often unemployable, stuck in geographies where there are no jobs of their… Matching their skills, very few role models, positive male role models in their houses, often broken families, migration, nobody had no male, good male hero to look up to at home, opportunities galore to join all kind of lumpen groupings, political and otherwise.

08:36 RN: And on the other hand, very few places to talk about their sexuality, to talk about their frustrations, to talk about their fears. In the last 40 years, the non-profit sector in India has done… Made tremendous strides. We have some fantastic NGOs that have worked with very vulnerable girls and young women, and tried to give them some safe spaces to talk, to share, to bond, to feel safer. I believe, Raghu, that there is a lacuna, which we have not addressed when it comes to the same thing for young men and boys. And that’s where my work began.

09:14 RK: Yeah, I think I agree with you, and it’s a difficult subject to speak about in the sense that one has to… That it’s very easily misunderstood. So one of the things we have all begun to learn, especially over the last couple of years, is that patriarchy is not something that exists only… That only affects women or only affects men. It’s the social matrix that we live in and it compels us to do a lot of things that both men and women would be healthier and happier if we were not doing. And I think that’s a decent definition of patriarchy, which means that everyone knows that a lot of male behavior needs to change and a lot of men need to change their behavior. But we haven’t done a lot of thinking about how exactly to enable or to help men to change their behavior. And I think the reason that everyone is hesitant to go there is that it sounds like a way, a back door way, of saying men need empowerment or men need more power.

10:16 RK: That’s clearly not the case, but no one knows how to change without help, in a sense. And so I want to ask you about two different things, and you can choose which one we should take first. I’m curious about what kind of change you think we need in men at the top of the power pyramid, the place I described, which is the place where we’re realizing a lot of men who have very enlightened political positions, again, like myself, don’t necessarily have such enlightened behavior. And there’s some reform and some very profound change that needs to happen there. But also, what you think needs to happen in practical terms, what’s possible to help men change in the much larger population of men who aren’t as privileged.

11:12 RN: No, I mean, I don’t have all the answers, but having watched, having had a ringside seat, thanks to Nandan, I’ve had a ringside seat to all the elite power structures of the world, and I’ve watched men, often white men in dark suits, exercise tremendous amounts of power without… They don’t have to do anything, they just have all the power. And certainly, they… In conversations, they don’t appear as though they are retrograde or what we used to call in my younger days, male chauvinist pigs, we used to keep saying that, but at the same time, power is like that. When you have power, you can use it, and when you use it, often you are not aware of how you’re using that power, how the person on whom you are exercising that power really perceives your power.

12:00 RN: So you think you’re fine and that you’re doing all the right things and you’re just being nice to all these women. But I think much more self-awareness has to come, and surely, with all that’s happening around us today, I think clearly the power structures are shifting, which is why you’re seeing men as literally frightened and insecure. “How am I supposed to behave?” Some of these elite, so-called elite men, have been speaking to some of us and saying, “We’re a bit nervous. We don’t know where to… What is this line? Why is it not as clear to us as it should be?” So there’s a lot of evolution going on in sort of rapid form as we speak, which is a good thing. So elite men, their world is being changed, their power is being questioned. And when power structures shift like that, so rapidly… 50 years is nothing. 100 years is nothing.

12:48 RN: It’s a rapid shift of power. Things happen, reactions happen, people get confused. We have to smoothen that transition by being innovative too. So when it comes to the larger set of people who themselves, in India especially, we are such a hierarchical society that everybody’s trying to oppress the people just below them. So at the very bottom of it would be… I don’t want to use caste words, but the lowest caste person with the least sort of economic security is at the bottom of the thing, and he is experiencing a lot of violence himself. And guess who he is going to express his violence on? Someone who’s even below him, which might be the wife or the daughter or the woman next door. So that’s how it’s all playing out. And I feel that we do need to ask what men feel, both in a creative sense and in a programmatic sense, and help them to be less fearful of the future, of losing power. And that’s very tricky to do.

13:49 RK: So is it fair to say that one of the things that men fear, which is a patriarchal expectation that’s very firmly strapped on to them, is an inability to be a provider or to earn a livelihood? Again, it depends on where your position is. It might be merely to earn a livelihood and to feed your family, or it might be the inability to display great economic power, if you’re from a higher class. But in a sense, that pressure bears down especially heavily on men, and for many people, it’s becoming harder and harder to attain.

14:28 RN: Exactly. Imagine you are expected… See, women, we want them to participate in the workforce because we know what it does for women and what it does for the workforce itself. It transforms it. Like Osha says, “The women’s side is the lunar side and the male side is the solar side.” And if you were to bring a little more of the lunar side into the office, I think it would be a better place. So we want… 39% participation of the women in the workforce is not a good thing, in the organized workforce, because women are in the workforce from morning ’til night anyway, but they’re not paid for it. But we want to bring them and it’s an aspiration. But for men, it’s not an aspiration. It’s an expectation. If you are not in the workforce and you’re not bringing in the bread, you’re not much of a man, are you? That’s the… So the pressures are very high, and given people are talking about automation, replacing the kind of work that men know how to do today, just get inside that man’s head and say, “What does the future look like and just how frightening is it?”

15:25 RK: Yeah. Exactly. And we’re looking at a future in which really radical changes have to be contemplated about; not for men and for women, about what the linkage is between your livelihood and your ability to have a job, just because there will be fewer and fewer jobs. But one of the things we don’t want to see happen is to see men’s insecurity be rerouted…

15:50 RN: Exactly.

15:50 RK: Or re-channelled more into proving their masculinity…

15:55 RN: Absolutely.

15:56 RK: Through violence on the women around them, or through other kinds of violence.

16:00 RN: Yes.

16:01 RK: Through broader political violence…

16:02 RN: Political violence. Exactly right.

16:02 RK: Which is also very clearly happening. Have you had a chance to begin to explore…

16:11 RN: Yes.

16:12 RK: The pragmatic ways in which we can help men who probably have never even considered the language in which they can retool their masculinity?

16:25 RN: Exactly right. So when my colleague, Gautam John, who’s somewhere here, and I started this journey three years ago, saying, “Okay, we understand this. But who in India is working with these vulnerable groups of boys, adolescent boys and young men?” And we found there were really very, very few institutions. Many work with women. Almost none work with men. So we found one or two, MAVA is there, ECF is there. And we asked them on our behalf to do a national conversation with NGOs who work with women, and some of whom work with boys, and say, “Can we come up with some creative, innovative programs that we’ll just begin pilots?” So for example, ECF works with 13, 14-year-old boys. They give them some spaces to come on a routine basis. They allow them to question these hierarchies of power, talk about gender, talk about sexuality, ask them, “How do you feel about your sister, your mother, your friend?” etcetera.

17:19 RN: Give them actual things, projects to work on, and develop ethical leadership which is moving towards gender equity also. It gives them time. It gives them space. It gives them empathy. And there are many others. There’s Men Against Violence. So there are some new organizations springing up. And we would very much like to seed and help that to happen. Because at the end of it, I really feel there’s no way we can achieve our women empowerment goals unless we also work with this group to make them much more secure, so that they don’t have to express their masculinity only in abuse, violence, or generally trying to repress the power of women, and the exuberance of women, and the nurturing of women, and everything else.

18:07 RK: It reminds me of something that a very wise friend of mine once told me. His name is Gautam Bhan. He’s an urban scholar and an LGBT activist. And he told me, “You know, Indian society is never going to be friendly to homosexuality until it’s friendly to heterosexuality.”

18:25 RN: Yes.

18:26 RK: Because it’s not like Indian… India has not been kind to people who are straight. Some of us who are privileged to get away with it, but for most, you would just have to walk through the park in any Indian city and you’ll find people whose sexuality is terribly repressed even when it’s directed against the opposite sex.

18:43 RN: Absolutely.

18:44 RK: I think in a similar way, and I want to phrase this carefully, we’re not going to find a way forward to safe and respectful sex for women until we can help men understand sex themselves as well.

19:03 RN: I think so. When we asked around, there were very few places where men could talk about sex. And in schools I think we have some diagrammatic something, which is not very… People feel embarrassed about and don’t know what to…

19:17 RK: That’s just talking about genitals.

19:18 RN: So, yeah. I mean, I saw a couple of textbooks and I said, “That’s not how I want to learn about sex.” So I think we need to be able to speak about it without shame, and that it is natural. But how can we look at sex without the use of power over the other? I think that’s what men have to also be introduced to right away. And about consent, which has become such a powerful word today. So what does that mean for both young men and young women? I think we need that kind of ability. There is somebody who started a subscription service where women and men can privately subscribe to it and learn about things like that on the privacy of their mobile phones, which is a kind of good thing because it doesn’t see… Apparently young men don’t talk to their parents about this, I wonder why.

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20:07 RN: But they don’t. And maybe sometime a day will come when they could. But you’re absolutely right. We have to talk about sex in a very young country like India. Talk about it with respect, without shame, and absolutely with ideas of consent, equity, and gentleness right from the get-go.

20:28 RK: Yeah. I always think of… This is a… I always think of… So sometimes people ask me… Sometimes when I’m having a conversation about feminism, I know that we… We’re gonna avoid calling any men feminists right now. But men who have tried to support feminism. I think that we could really do with new ways of looking at these things to understand how they are about our mutual driving.

21:01 RN: Yes. Humanism. Yeah.

21:02 RK: Exactly. Feminism is, the best way that I can understand it, is not meant to be about passing… It would be great to have a women’s representation law in Parliament, and we should have that as soon as possible, but that’s policy. I think feminism is a lived experience. It’s about improving the relationships with other people in your lives and in your family. It can be about improving your relationship with your mother or with your sister or with your wife, or whoever the case is…

21:33 RN: Or friend. Yeah.

21:33 RK: And vice versa. By greater understanding, openness, and the ability to communicate. I think that’s a great baseline.

21:42 RN: I agree.

21:43 RK: But that’s not how anyone is taught it. It’s not how anyone is expected to approach feminism. That’s…

21:52 RN: Yeah. So feminism, so importantly in the last 200 years brought forth the issues of a whole half of humanity that was not allowed to express themselves. Right? Now, I think we also need to look even beyond that to kind of expressing more human values at a time of political polarization, tremendous aggression in the public sphere, and inability to actually talk to each other, it’s not just men and women. It almost seems like we’re launching sex wars between genders. And then groups of people who believe in this or believe in that and just are unable to get together and speak across divides. I think that’s not good for any excluded group at all. To find more common ground, at least to engage in civil discourse. I think those are the next steps that feminism, or humanism, or anything where we hope for a much better future for our poor species [chuckle] all together, I think we should start innovating. I think empowered women, like the one in this room, I think can come up with a… And empowered men. I see quite a few of them. I think this is our next challenge. How do we go beyond these divides?

23:05 RK: I think that seems like a very good point to me. Because Me Too had to take the form it did for a particular reason, which is that one woman’s voice making a complaint about an experience she had wasn’t enough to get her any fairness. So it needed to have collective voices rallying behind every woman who raised her voice.

23:27 RN: Yes.

23:27 RK: And then that began to have its effect. And suddenly we can see that any time that a woman raises her voice saying “me too” and is backed by the others, it has more and more momentum, and more and more effect. And…

23:45 RN: Yeah. So I do want to say that when I talk about working with young men and boys, and putting some resources, and ask for resources publicly to be put into this space, I don’t mean that you take away resources from women. There is far too longer journey to be made to get women to become equal citizens, to become people… To achieve their own human potential. It’s not a zero sum game. Working with young men and boys doesn’t mean you lose something on this side. This side, there’s a lot of creativity it needs to be pursued. I’m asking for equal creativity on this side and there’s so much potential to do it, especially now.

24:29 RK: Exactly, that’s the point I was headed for when I was speaking about Me Too. Now that Me Too has really begun to impress on us, and it’s broken through a big wall of denial that men have, and it’s broken through men’s denial that we are actually basically treating everyone fairly. And now we can see all of the real behavior that goes on. Now, or at some point in the future, and I don’t think there are any simple answers to it, but I’m looking forward to that point. It’ll become clearer what men can do that’s proactive.

25:03 RN: What… You’re a man. What do you think… If you were to look at a bunch of 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds around that awkward age of puberty, trying to be a little gundagiri nice, and all of us are friends and we can show all those women, all the young girls, we can just show a little of our power. What would change? What do you think should be done to make them say that… To make them put themselves in those girl’s skin as well? Is it music? Is it sport? Is it shared conversations with those same girls who we are planning to Eve tease? What could happen? Think of something. Challenge.

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25:43 RK: I think there are ways. There are actual educational tools I believe that exist that allow people to learn empathy and allow people to experience more empathy between different kinds of groups, when you have different social identities, and I think those would be very valuable. But also, yeah, right now seems… Before we reach the point where men can again become very proactive feminists, or feminist allies as you like, it seems like a good time for men to be listening and to be thinking about themselves. So, whether it’s… I don’t know exactly how capable of introspection 12-year-olds are, but I’m sure it’s there. 35-year-olds also are not doing so well. But it’s definitely there. We all need to… It’s a very good time for men to be paying attention to who we are. You know?

26:36 RN: Yes.

26:37 RK: We don’t just have to look at the women who are making these accusations and try to scrutinise those situations and understand what happened there, and what’s his problem, and what’s her problem.

26:48 RN: Right.

26:48 RK: There’s a lot we can learn from changing the filters on how we view ourselves and our own behavior. And I think everyone has a few unhappy surprises lying in store there. I’m not gonna lie. The last few years, the last few days have…

27:01 RN: So do women. It’s not just men. Women can have them too.

27:04 RK: Yeah.

27:05 RN: When one looks back at one’s own life. Each woman. I’m sure there are some spaces where we wish we had behaved differently. So, it’s a good time for introspection all around. I wish more men would take this on as solidly as you seem to. So, we shall hope for that.

27:21 RK: Well, it seems like we’re at the beginning of something, of some big changes.

27:26 RN: And we should keep principles of real justice in mind even when we are fighting against injustice. Which is where always Gandhi comes to mind, that when you’re fighting against injustice, the tools you… The ends and means question, which he never fails to remind us of. When we are fighting against injustice, we should be careful of the tools we use, that the tools themselves don’t become unjust in the process and don’t stand the tests of justice.

27:54 RK: Well, there’s lots of philosophies about how to fight for things. There’s that one and then there’s the more Bolshevik revolutionary philosophy, which is just that you burn everything down and see what you can rebuild afterwards. [chuckle]

28:05 RN: Yeah, boil the ocean. Yeah.

28:06 RK: We’ll have to choose… We’ll have to figure out a way between those. So I’m gonna ask you a slightly challenging question while we still have time. And I think that this also connects what we’re talking about to a very large global debate right now. We need to retool masculinity and we need to help… We need to facilitate and enable various kinds of men to rethink what being men should be and what it could be. The question that hangs over that is, How much of what we traditionally define as masculinity, which you might call patriarchal masculinity or you might see it differently. How much of that is worth preserving? Is it completely a patriarchal mindset? Is it completely exploitative and unfair? Or are there elements of what masculinity means that actually belong refurbished in the new picture? Do you have any feelings about that?

29:05 RN: Yeah. It’s a complicated question. I think, because it’s a spectrum, right? I think maybe if we were to bifurcate biology and culture we would get somewhere. I don’t think we’re trying to change the male and female biology, yet. Although I see a point where science will take us there too. But if there are some biological issues which take evolutionary cycles that are very, very long, and I don’t know. But culture, what happens in culture, we can change all norms and we’re seeing those changes happening. So biology shifts which create different societal norms are more likely to… Sorry, cultural shifts are to be pushed and can be pushed in different creative ways. Biology though might have the last word in many things. So what we carry forward in gender roles sometimes… The role of the mother with a young infant and all that is associated with that, whereas the situation of the father outside that nurturing and trying to nurture, some of those things are kind of difficult to change so rapidly. Does that answer what you were trying to say.

30:16 RK: No, it does, it does exactly. But we can’t… But your feeling is that there’s a whole world of… There’s a whole sort of cosmos of cultural behaviors that we can change and that we’re free to…

30:28 RN: Absolutely.

30:28 RK: Rework however we see…

30:30 RN: And they are shifting. How many of you know of at least a handful of men who you think would already fit into those 30 seconds when you visualised a gender equitable society? How many of you think you already know some men who come close? Oh okay, that’s it? Okay. Some 50, 60 hands went up, which means 200 hands didn’t. Oh dear. Okay, I don’t think I’m so right, then we have much further to go.

31:02 RK: We have some ways to go.

31:03 RN: But I know a lot of men and I’m going to count Raghu among them, who have really done a lot of introspection, evolved. And a lot of women who had to evolve with those men too. So I feel pretty hopeful.

31:17 RK: I feel hopeful too, and where I’m concerned I try to remember that all of what’s coming out right now that feels like bad news is good news because it’s coming out. I don’t think any of this…

31:31 RN: Sure, sunlight.

31:32 RK: Wasn’t happening in the past, I think what we have been having ever since 2012 is a revolution in our awareness, and that’s the main thing that’s been changing and it’s an opportunity for all of us. It’s definitely an opportunity for men to be better people and to… No one I know wants to make anyone, male or female, uncomfortable, or make them feel frightened. And so, I really welcome and I’m grateful that we have an opportunity in which we see the ways in which we are doing that because awareness is a big challenge to even just to start out.

32:14 RN: Absolutely. So it’s a new journey, and from my work perspective I am very engaged and excited to see what’s happening. But I also think this is a very powerful moment, not just in India but around the world. And powerful because power is shifting, and when you watch power shifting, all the things that happen with it is what we are experiencing. But I don’t think you can put the toothpaste back in the tube. The toothpaste is out and we are… All the women are going to smile with shiny teeth. You can’t change that back.

32:50 RK: Can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. That’s a very useful way of putting it. Now, that really covered all of the questions I wanted to ask. But I do want to give you a chance to, if you want to share any of the ideas that you’ve learnt from… What are being implemented internationally about the way forward and what it might be.

33:09 RN: In America, in the inner cities especially, black men used to mentor young black boys because the whole culture over there where they felt so trapped, that’s a good example to take from. In the Favelas in Latin America there have been a lot of experiments with both sports and music where young boys have been… To try to create positive experiences of bonding for them and positive things to look forward to. Those are something that just beginning to happen in India. And others were a lot of structured classroom and non-classroom mentoring programs, one-on-one and one-to-many, and lots of modules have been developed for empathy creation, gender equity, understanding, experiencing, sharing, reducing fear. So there are examples and I hope we can bring some of that here and I look forward to that.

34:00 RK: I don’t doubt it. And I’m really glad to know that you are… That it’s something that you’re focusing on. And thank you so much for bringing it into the conversation at just the right time, I think.

34:08 RN: So, to all the women here thank you for listening to this and not… I felt that there was a real listening here. I hope we can ourselves reach out to the young men and boys around us with empathy. Because at the end of it we don’t want women’s power to look like the bad side of male power in the future. So how can we keep the torch light on ourselves to not become that which we right now are against? So that empathy, if we can keep nurturing in ourselves, I hope that all you young people in the room will face a better world than looks like on media right now. Thank you.

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