Journalist and Founder of Man Up Campaign by Jimmie Briggs
As the founder of Man Up, a Women and Girls Lead campaign partner, Jimmie Briggs advocates for the personal responsibility men have when it comes to gender equality. Man Up strives to engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through programming and support of youth-led initiatives intended to transform communities, nations and the world.
When my daughter was born, I was fully immersed in being a war journalist. Assuming I would be traveling for most of her childhood, I sat down and wrote her a letter. One I’ve been re-writing periodically for the last 11 years, which she has yet to see. I told my daughter, “I go because these experiences must be recognized, must be honoured.” On one of my first trips to Northern Uganda, an elderly man told me that if a dying person tells you their story and it’s not passed on, you would be haunted. Well, I did pass on the stories I heard, but the knowledge and the awareness remained to haunt me.
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