Male members of the Red Ciudadana (Citizens’ Network) convened at the Rotunda of the Illustrious Jaliscienses in downtown Guadalajara March 2, urging men to stand in solidarity with the feminism movement.
“It’s very important for women to fight but we also have to incorporate us men to promote change,” said José Gutiérrez, president of the non-profit organization, who believes governments and civic society should unite to persuade men to defend female rights.
“The macho Mexican standard is outdated,” Gutiérrez said. “We have to transform the conception of men and promote in our everyday lives that there are new forms of relationships with women.”
On March 6, the Red Ciudadana held a seminar about modernized interpretations of “masculinity,” as well as the intersection of machismo culture and femicide.
There is currently a petition in the works for the Secretariat of Substantive Equality in Jalisco to endorse educational programs for curbing toxic male behavior from a young age.