First Man Standing

Find out what world leaders and campaigners have to say about gender inequality.

‘We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstances, by any political leader or by any government.’ (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)


‘It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we truly measure up as men.’ (Desmond Tutu)


‘I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.’ (Emma Watson)


‘We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs… It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too.’ (Barack Obama)


‘Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms.’ (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)


‘One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.’ (Nicole Kidman)


‘I raise up my voice - not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.’ (Malala Yousafzai)


‘The elimination of all the areas of violence [against women] is a task which stretches beyond creeds, nations and gender. It is a global humanitarian project which asks us all to move beyond our comfort zones, complacency and cultural limitations to support actively the initiatives which bring change.’ (Elaine Storkey)