Masculine, Feminine: The Role of Men in Women’s Equality

Gender equality is not only of concern to women, but the responsibility of all people and of society as whole. True equality requires the enthusiastic and caring contribution and input from both women and men. In the past, gender equality policies have often been contextualised as a fight for women, by women. In the last decade, however, social consciousness has shifted to acknowledge the crucial role men play in the struggle for gender equality. In the selected films, we see women struggling to overcome their personal, emotional, economic, and social hardships when the men in their lives are no longer present.